| These instruments weave polyphonic texture around the notes of the core melody played by the metallophones and may be of different groups of instruments depending on the type of ensemble: gong sets playthis part in "strong" emsembles, while metallophones, xylophones, and zithers play in a "soft-playing" ensemble. |
|Bonang Barung |
This is a set of pot gongs mounted on a wooden frame in two parallel rows. It is about five feet long.
A wooden xylophone and is about four feet long.
This instrument looks similar to the slenthem, but has 13 keys instead of seven. The player strikes the keys with two disk-shaped hammers while simultaneously dampening the previously struck keys with his hands. This makes the gender one of the more difficult instruments to play in the ensemble.
This is a two-stringed, bowed fiddle. It is about 42 inches long and has a wooden body with a covering of very fine stretched skin. It is one of the most difficult instruments to play in the ensemble in terms of the technical proficiency and breadth of musical knowledge required. The player sits crossed legged on the floor, and stands his instrument on the ground in front of him.
This bamboo flute is about 21 inches long and is the only wind instrument in the ensemble. It is held vertically by the player.
|Instruments of the Gamelan|
1. Time Markers
2. Base Melody
3. Elaborating Melody