Brief notes towards taxonomy and pointers to real ethnomusicological references on Sundanese music. For music from my own residency in Bandung specifically, see hiteklotek, or the lotekno blog.
Genres you need to know
Ancient religious instrumental trance music. Check out this neat hybrid: Indian vocals meet Tarawangsa and Jentreng at Padjadjaran University
What you (for almost any value of you) think of when you hear about Indonesian music is gamelan. Gamelan Degung is an especially Sundanese variant.
Todo: write down scale.
Jaipong and ketuk tilu
Jaipongan: 1970s hybrid between Brazilian pop music and traditional ketuk tilu styles. Queerly subterranean. Sounds like music from ancient outer space, but claimed to be the child of a government vehicle bureaucrat.
I really want to remix Tati Saleh.
Western instruments twisted into playing descendant of traditional trance music.
This one is by Yoyo Yogasmana, the spokesperson of Cipta Gelar
Wikipedia, cover for me won’t you?.
Detty Kurnia. Darso.
Angklung dogdog lojor
See Palmer Keen on Ciptagelar’s Anglung.
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.
Trance and weirdness in Ujung Berung; See Palmer Keen on Reak
Punks and zines and vegan tempeh-based diets.
Kacapi Suling/Tembang Sunda
19th century Cianjur courtly music, e.g..
I don’t even know, but people seem to be excitedly making documentaries about it.
Or to get the full flavour, check out an hour of ronggeng and ketuk tilu.
Various friends assure me that the traditional version is much more salacious than I will see on Youtube, but I cannot speak to that assertion from personal experience.
Alat Musik Jentreng di situs Dinas pariwisata dan kebudayaan Jawa Barat.
Bamboo mouth harp.
Tuned bamboo percussion.
Drums you play with your hands and feet.
The fancy Tarawangsa is the Arabian-influenced rebab.
Gamelan is obsessively studied elsewhere, so I won’t discuss it here.
Live on Gunung Karimbi
Kimung 666 / ᮊᮤᮙᮥᮀ |᮶᮶᮶|
Okid / ᮇᮊᮤᮓ᮪
Jimbot / ᮏᮤᮙ᮪ᮘᮧᮒ᮪
Man Jasad / ᮙᮔ᮪ ᮏᮞᮓ᮪
Cipta Gelar Gang
Ciung Wulung / ᮎᮤᮅᮀ ᮝᮥᮜᮥᮀ
Abah Ugi / ᮃᮘᮂ ᮅᮌᮤ
Satia Kulun / ᮞᮒᮤᮃ ᮊᮥᮜᮥᮔ᮪
Lingkung Seni Jipeng Pong Dut Kombinasi Satia Kulun Kasepuhan Cipta Gelar, or Satia Kulun, is a project of Bapak Am Soebali Ba and the village of Cipta Gelar.
Kang Yoyo & Ibu Umi / ᮚᮧᮚᮧ ᮓᮔ᮪ ᮅᮙᮤ
Kieran Ruffles/ᮊᮤᮈᮛᮔ᮪ ᮛᮥᮖᮨᮜ᮪ᮞ᮪
Miriam Lyons/ᮙᮤᮛᮤᮃᮙ᮪ ᮜᮡᮧᮔ᮪ᮞ᮪
Common Room Gang
…and other friends of the Common Room.
Gustaff H Iskandar
Interesting locals I haven’t had time to work with
Across the sea, but not so far: syntfarm
Pelog, degung, slendro, madenda…
Things to read/listen to
Websites and such
Palmer Keen auralarchipelago has some interesting content about Sundanese music.
In Indonesia, the word “pusaka” means “heirloom”; a pusaka object serves its owner as a concrete symbol of authority, legitimacy, lineage, and succession. “Sunda” is the historical placename for the highlands of the western part of the island of Java in Indonesia, the homeland of the Sundanese people. The Sundanese are patriotic Indonesians, but also look back to the medieval kingdom of Sunda and the Pajajaran Empire to define their identity.
Data Sunda’s tuning resource lists some tunings. I should just sonify them one rainy afternoon.
There’s lots of interesting stuff written by, about, or for the music os Sunda; not all is great. Some of this is colonial in flavour, and might irritate. But everything below-mentioned is interesting. Some is about broader Indonesian music, or related styles.
Apropos that, see ethnomusicology.