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Gamelan Semar PegulinganGamelan Semar Pegulingan – Gamelan Of The Love God ... CD
Nonesuch (Japan), 1960. New Copy ... $13.99
Beautifully evocative work on the Balinese gamelan – music that's maybe not as sharp as other recordings from that particular island – with a warmly flowing vibe that comes from the melodic cascading of tuned percussion, vibes, and gongs! There's still a focused, rhythmic feel to the music – but an approach that's maybe not as intense as some of the starker Balinese gamelan recordings – almost languorous at points, maybe in keeping with the "love god" mentioned in the title – with a sort of ebb and flow of sounds that's completely hypnotic! Titles "Tabuh Gari", "Gambang", "Tabuh Pisan", "Barong", "Sinom Ladrang", and the extended "Legong Kraton Playon", which takes up most of side two! CD

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VariousMusic For The Balinese Shadow Play ... CD
Nonesuch (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... $13.99
A classic set of gamelan tracks from the Nonesuch series of recordings by Robert Brown – still maybe some of the most important sources for Indonesian music you'll ever hope to find! The set focuses on some of the noisier, more uptempo sounds used for the shadow play – with very sharply-tuned instruments that work in slowly-shifting progressions of color and tones – all in that somewhat more powerful style that was favored in Bali over Java – and which has never sounded this great on record. The set begins with the very long "Pemungkah" – which takes up a full 17 minutes – then is followed by shorter titles that include "Mesem", "Batel", "Rundah", "Sekandi", and "Tabuh Gari". CD
 
 
 



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