21 September 2011

Indonesian and Indonesian-inspired sounds continue on this week's Komodo Dragon Show, Wednesday from 8-11am CT on 101.5 / www.umfm.com. For a refresher on what a gamelan is click here.

Set #1 - 8:00am - 9:30am

1. John Cage: Haikai (1986)
Road to Ubud
Artifact Music, ART-021
(Haikai is the plural of haiku? Cage instructs his performers to use non-traditional techniques, e.g., playing a gong with a violin bow. Spare musical gestures appear against a background of silence. The pertinent Wikipedia quote: The poetic genre "haikai involved a combination of comic playfulness and spiritual depth, ascetic practice and involvement in human society.")

2. Nano Suratno: Anjeun (1980s)

3. Unknown-Sundanese: Jeruk Bali (1980s)

4. Unknown-Sundanese: Pulo Ganti (1960s)

5. Mark Duggan: Gamelan Solo (2000)

6. Burhan Sukarma: Samagaha (1997)

7. Burhan Sukarma: Rengga-Renggi (1999)

8. Unknown-Sundanese: Sorban Palid (1930s)

Tracks 2-8
Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan: Bill Brennan, Mark Duggan, Paul Houle, Blair Mackay, Andy Morris, Paul Ormandy, Bill Parsons & Andrew Timar
Artifact Music, ART-027
(The whole album. A suite of popular Sundanese tunes, plus world music at its finest: Mark Duggan's composition Gamelan Solo. "The intended mood is one of open spaces, simplicity and elegance with a narrative quality connecting the nine movements. The overall esthetic is not at all Indonesian, but rather, draws from a dramatic, minimalist language.")

Set #2 - 9:30am - 11:00am

9. Formes vocales
Anthologie des musiques de Bali Vol.1: Traditions populaires
Buda Records, 92600-2

10. Gamelan Angklung (rec. 1970)
Bali South: UCLA Ethnomusicology: Archive Series Vol.1
UCLA Ethnomusicology Publications, 88251 70003 2 8
(Gamelan angklung is "characteristic of rituals related to death, and therefore connected in Balinese culture to the invisible spiritual realm and transitions from life to death and beyond." It evokes a "combination of sacred sweetness and sadness.")

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