Angklung: Indonesian Tradition Meets Pop

From Kamillow at German language Wikipedia

From Kamillow at German language Wikipedia

The Angklung is a traditional instrument from Indonesia. The instrument is made up of swinging bamboo tubes that are suspended in a light upright frame with a wide bamboo forming the base

From the Tropenmuseum of the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT)

From the Tropenmuseum of the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT)

There are two types of Angklung. One is the type used in Indonesia where each Angklung the sound of a specific note and is played in an orchestra in order to get the full range of notes. A village gamelan is a set of performers that are tuned to give five-note scales.

The second type is that made popular in Java where it is played like a xylophone. The Angklung from Java has similar shaped bamboo tubes, reminiscient of the traditional Angklung, but is played like a xylophone.

Here is an awesome rendition of “Bohemian Rhapsody” played by an Angklung orchestra. This is an example of how this traditional instrument was used in religious rituals can play popular music as well.

Here is a rendition of “Umbrella” played by a person using the Angklung xylophone that hails from Java. You can hear how it is similar to a xylophone. But as you can see from the video, the Angklung is complex, more complex than a simple xylophone.

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