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GAMELAN By: Hanifa Ayunisa World Music 111
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History Indonesia is locating in between the continents of Asia and Australia  this geographical setting brought Indonesia's diversity of its people and cultures. Java is one of the Indonesian islands. Java also has rich musical traditions, traditional as well as westernized genres.  one of the forms of well-known traditional music of Java is gamelan.
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Introduction Gamelan, derives from the word “gamel”, to strike or to handle, is a generic term referring to an ensemble which comprises predominantly of percussive instrument. Gamelan is Javanese traditional musical instruments. Gamelan is a blend of several kinds of traditional musical instruments, and gamelan musical Instrument is very soft and comfortable to be heard. Javanese gamelan is music with pentatonic melodies. Gamelan is equipped with a unique singer, and the singer is called Sinden. The gamelan musicians should sit cross-legged ( silå ) before their instruments
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The belief In Indonesian’s traditional, the gamelan is sacred and believed to have supernatural power. Both musician and non-musicians are humble and respectful to the gamelan. It is believed that each instrument in the gamelan is guided by spirits.
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