Category Archives: History

Democracy and Equality in Balinese Gamelan Part I

Bali still has a very traditional society and the late Made Wijaya went so far as to say a ‘mediaeval’one, albeit existing and functioning in the modern world.

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Is listening part of Balinese culture?

Go to a meeting or take a Balinese to a music concert and you’ll quickly learn that Balinese prefer talking to listening.

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Gongs in Bali Part IV – What is Special about a Gong to Balinese?

If a gamelan orchestra has a hanging gong in it (not all do), it is almost always the most important instrument. It is considered the heart of the ensemble, therefore is also the instrument that can never been left out … Continue reading

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Gongs in Bali Part III – what is characteristic about Balinese gongs?

The two common types of materials for gong making are bronze and iron, with the former being more prestigious and therefore a lot more expensive.

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Gongs in Bali Part II – How many different types of gongs are there in Bali?

A gong is actually not just a round metal object that hangs in a frame and makes a sound when you hit it. There are in fact different categories of gongs in Bali which can be made of bronze, iron … Continue reading

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Gongs in Bali

To the Balinese, a gong is something that is often revered: for its sound, its prestige, its mysticism. To the lay person, we think of a gong as a hanging instrument that makes a sort of booming sound, but it … Continue reading

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