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Sundanese music

Notes towards Sundanese music. For my residency in Bandung in particular, see hiteklotek, or the hiteklotek blog.

Genres you need to know

Karawitan

Ancient religious instrumental trance music. Check out this neat hybrid: Indian vocals meet Tarawangsa and Jentreng at Padjadjaran University

Vocals
Shruthi Vishwanath
Tarawangsa
Teguh Permana
Jentreng
Wisnu Ridwana

Gamelan Degung

What you think of when you hear about indonesian music is gamelan. Gamelan Degung is an especially Sundanese variant.

Jaipong and ketuk tilu

1970s hybrid between Brazilian pop music and traditional dance styles. Sounds like music from ancient outer space, but actually invented by a government vehicle bureaucrat. I really want to remix Tati Saleh.

Jipeng

Western instruments twisted into playing messed-up religious trance music.

Pop Sunda/Popdut

Wikipedia, cover for me won’t you?.

Detty Kurnia. Darso.

(Death/Black/other) metal

Ujung Berung and the black metal-versus-traditional-religious music deserves a whole book of its own; indeed, there are whole books on this, and also journal articles, and I will post links here soon.

Hardcore

Punks and zines and vegan tempeh-based diets.

Kacapi Suling/Tembang Sunda

19th century Cianjur courtly music, e.g..

Instruments

Tarawangsa

Jentreng

Alat Musik Jentreng di situs Dinas pariwisata dan kebudayaan Jawa Barat.

Karinding

Bamboo mouth harp.

Celeumpung

Tuned bamboo percussion

Gendong

Drums you play with your hands and feet.

Kacapi

Local zither-equivalent.

Rebab

The fancy Tarawangsa is the Arabian-influenced rebab.

Gamelan

Gamelan is obsessively studied elsewhere, so I won’t discuss it here.

Tunings

Pelog, degung, slendro, madenda…

Interesting neighbours

Things to read/listen to

Warning: Some of this is colonial in flavour, and might irritate or offend. Apropos that, see ethnomusicology

Insane music stores

DU68 in the mix.

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