Bali:

What is Gamelan Music and where does it originate from?
 
Across Indonesia, but particularly on the islands of Java and Bali, gamelan is the most popular form of traditional music.
 
A gamelan ensemble consists of a variety of metal percussion instruments, usually made of bronze or brass, including xylophones, drums, and gongs. It may also feature bamboo flutes, wooden stringed instruments, and vocalists, but the focus is on the percussion.
 
The name “gamelan” comes from gamel, a Javanese word for a type of hammer used by a blacksmith. Gamelan instruments are often made of metal, and many are played with hammer-shaped mallets, as well.
 
Although metal instruments are expensive to make, compared with those of wood or bamboo, they will not mould or deteriorate in Indonesia’s hot, steamy climate.
 
Scholars suggest that this may be one of the reasons that gamelan developed, with its signature metallic sound.
 
 

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