Saturday, April 18, 2009

Pelegongan Klasik (B 610)

This is a cool tape of Balinese gamelan pelegongan - a antiquated or klasik kind of pentatonic gamelan very closely related to the gamelan semar pegulingan and mostly associated with the ultra-refined classical legong keraton dance (hence it's name: pe-legong-an, meaning "accomplishment to the legong"). Pelegongan was the kind of gamelan that was holding sway over the island during colonial times up until the modern kebyar craze hit the scene and blew many minds. The gamelan that performs on this tape is from the government college of the arts, at the time of the recording called ASTI (Akademi Seni Tari Indonesia) but since changed in 1988 to STSI (Sekolah Tinggi Seni Indonesia). Nice hand drawn lettering on the cover of this tape, and cool Bali Record logo/sticker on the cassette itself.

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