Muhammad Ariff Asraf Bin Yaacob


The traditional gamelan which exists today in Malaysia is basically from the courts of Pahang and Terengganu. Although originated from the land of Java, Indonesia, the Malay gamelan has developed a distinct identity compared to

the Javanese, Balinese and Sundanese gamelan from Indonesia. Contemporary gamelan could refer to both instruments and music; the term has been used to refer to gamelan-style instruments built by Americans, as well as to music written by American composers to be played on gamelan instruments. American gamelan music usually has some relationship to the gamelan traditions of Indonesia, as found primarily on the islands of Java and Bali in a variety of styles. A set of Malay gamelan consists 7 basic instruments, which are: 1. Sarong (metallophones) namely Sarong Kecil and Sarong Besar 2. Gambang (a wooden xylophone) 3. Keromong, also known as Bonang (a set of 10 small kettle gongs) 4. Kenong (a set of 3 or 5 large kettle gongs) 5. A pairs of hanging Gongs 6. Gendang (a barrel drum) For traditional gamelan, what I observe is the introduction is played with the gamelan instrument itself but for cotemporary gamelan, the song An Evening in Tronoh, the instrument used for introduction is keyboard. Modern instruments differ in the concept of gamelan music that is based on shake and vibrations.

it only need us to see the single note and then play as usual.Next. we need to be quick and have high focus when playing bonang penerus in cotemporary gamelan because sometimes it’s easy to make a mistake especially when it involves the choices between our left and right hand. For sarong peking. I can see the whole line is rest for all instrument except Gendang while there are no such things in traditional gamelan. Obviously this thing makes all instrument trouble in when to start playing after a long rest. . As for cotemporary gamelan. Furthermore. for traditional gamelan. I can clearly see in traditional gamelan. this is quite hard as sometimes I will follow other instrument that started first because I miscalculated the tempo. a type of instrument. I have to hit 1 note for two times and needs to be fast so that I can catch up with the tempo. traditional and cotemporary gamelan differ in how we play the instrument. How we played in traditional gamelan and contemporary gamelan is the same. One similarity that I can get is seen through sarong baron. I have to admit that it is very hard but in cotemporary gamelan. While in cotemporary gamelan. The major difference that I can clearly see is how we play bonang penerus . one stick is for one note and I need to know whether that note that I am going to play is required by my right or left hand. All we need is to control the music. in contemporary gamelan. I can see that all instrument start playing at the same time while for cotemporary gamelan there are some instruments that are being played first and followed by other instruments. For traditional gamelan. we need to hit randomly right or left or sometimes both at the same time.I just need to hit two times for a note until the song is finished. Sometimes. it seems easy because I just need to hit once using two stick for one a single note. Personally. in terms of gendang.In traditional gamelan. It does not require us to think like in traditional gamelan. Entirely.

it differs in rest and line. I can see clearly that the symbol in the contemporary gamelan and traditional gamelan are a little bit different. For an example. from my observation. All of the information above is based on my learning in gamelan 1 in UTP. The last similarity that I can grab is both traditional and contemporary gamelans are still based under the cultural of Malaysia.Lastly. .