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Overnight: Gamelan Bali (Balinese Gamelan) - Traditional Music

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Gamelan Balinese

You can find gamelan music all through Indonesia. This video is from Bali.

From YouTube:

Bali Island is one of the thousands islands constructing the Indonesian Archipelago that has long been famous as a leading tourist destination in South Pacific or even in the world for its exotic and vibrant art and culture, natural beauties and the hospitality of the people.

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Overnight: Gamelan in Bali, Indonesia

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Gamelan Orchestra - Bali Indonesia

Photo: http://www.batikncraft.com


Years ago, when I studied Indonesian, I fell in love with gamelan music.

If the term 'gamelan' is not familiar to you, here's a definition from Wikipedia:

A gamelan is a traditional musical ensemble from Indonesia, typically from the islands of Java and Bali, featuring a variety of instruments such as metallophones, xylophones, kendang (drums) and gongs; bamboo flutes, bowed and plucked strings. Vocalists may also be included. For most Indonesians, gamelan music is an integral part of Indonesian culture.
The term refers more to the set of instruments than to the players of those instruments. A gamelan is a set of instruments as a distinct entity, built and tuned to stay together – instruments from different gamelan are generally not interchangeable.

The video consists of still images from Bali, including some of gamelan instruments.

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