Academic journal article Yearbook for Traditional Music

Bali 1928 Volume 1: Gamelan Gong Kebyar. Music from Belaluan, Pangkung, Busungbiu. the Oldest New Music of Bali

Academic journal article Yearbook for Traditional Music

Bali 1928 Volume 1: Gamelan Gong Kebyar. Music from Belaluan, Pangkung, Busungbiu. the Oldest New Music of Bali

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Bali 1928 Volume 1: Gamelan Gong Kebyar. Music from Belaluan, Pangkung, Busungbiu. The Oldest New Music of Bali. 2009. World Arbiter 2011. Recordings selected and annotated by Edward Herbst. 15 pp. (booklet) of notes in English + 66 pp. (PDF file). 8 b/w photographs. 85-item bibliography (PDF file), 9-page glossary (PDF file). 1 compact disc, 20 tracks (59:58), plus 2 PDF files and 3 MPEG-4 films. Remastered from original recordings made by Odeon and Beka in Bali (1928).

In The Roots of Gamelan CD (World Arbiter 2001) Edward Herbst gave us a sample of the earliest commercially produced recordings of music in Bali. Since then he has persistently tracked down the remaining 1928 recordings from archives in Indonesia, the Netherlands, and the United States. His aim was to remaster and reissue these recordings on the commercial market, and, more importantly, to repatriate them to the villages and descendants of the original musicians. This first of five planned volumes showcases music for gamelan gong kebyar-a genre that was still new at the time-by groups in three regions of Bali, offering examples of repertoire and aesthetics that heralded a vibrant century of musical innovation.

The tracks have a loud hiss and other noises from the original recordings, though the textures and timbres have been clarified through remastering. The Belaluan instruments are light and delicate sounding. …

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