|Nonesuch Explorer Series / Java: Court Gamelan|
|Album:||Java: Court Gamelan||Collection:||World|
|Artist:||Nonesuch Explorer Series||Added:||09/2003|
|Add Date:||2004-05-03||Pull Date:||2004-07-05||Charts:||Reggae/World|
|Week Ending:||4 Jul||27 Jun||23 May||16 May||9 May|
|1.||Jan 31, 2019:||Cafe Nakhil |
Gending 2, Ketawang
|4.||May 21, 2004:||"No Cover, No Minimum In Your Ear..." subbing for Fo |
|2.||Jun 29, 2004:||"Live-In Your Ear..." Studio Z Broadcast pt.1 |
|5.||May 14, 2004:||No Cover, No Minimum |
|3.||Jun 20, 2004:||The Sheltering Sky |
|6.||May 08, 2004:||15 Miles til Sunday |
“Java: Court Gamelan"|
Nonesuch Explorer, 1971
WOW! The royal court music of Yogyakarta, in central Java, is revealed in this field recording. There are four court ensembles in the region, each with a distinct style. This one is the Paku Alaman, and its sound is large and rich. The ensemble uses gongs, xylophones, strings, drums, a flute, and two vocal groups. The liner notes give one of the clearest explanations of gamelan I’ve ever seen.
(Trivia: copies of the first track are currently leaving the solar system as part of the famous "golden records" on board the Voyager space probes!)
Fo’s picks: 1, 3
1. 04:46 – haunting, slow, many layers sliding over each other. Gorgeous hypnotic gongs, contrasting male & female vocals… simply incredible music!
2. 18:28 – slow, somber choral piece, vocals a bit harsh. Not much variation over time.
3. 19:40 – fabulous meditative atmosphere: gongs, female voice, slow and quiet with great depth (the space must be huge), completely sucks you in! Quick end.
4. 02:07 – pretty gongs at a deliberate pace, speeds and slows. I wish it were longer.
[ Fo ] - 4/28/04