A gamelan is a musical ensemble from Indonesia, typically from the islands of Bali or Java, featuring a variety of instruments such as metallophones, xylophones, drums and gongs; bamboo flutes, bowed and plucked strings. Vocalists may also be included.I have also never thought of the disorderly clanging and chaotic banging as rhythmic, but when today's prompt came up, I knew where I would find my image. I work at a school in Indonesia, so we actually have a Gamelan in our music room. I was pleasantly surprised to stroll into the room alone after school and find these beautiful metal instruments just begging to be banged.
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 word gamelan comes from the Javanese word gamels, meaning "to strike or hammer", and the suffix an, which makes the root a collective noun.
I love the light and the muted gold tones it created. Who knows maybe after spending some time with these instruments, I will listen more carefully next time I am in Bali.
|Create a photograph today that illustrates or shows rhythm.|