Recording Balinese Gamelan in Ubud, Bali
This is my 5th time living in Bali in the last 3 years and if you planning on going don’t go July and August. I never experienced such a huge amount of traffic and tourists. Seriously it’s crazy and also quite “cold” around this time.
We normally go in March or at the end of September. If you ever planning on going don’t go now. Everybody talks about Sidemen now and I am going to check out this little town here in Bali and see what is the magic behind. I bring my recorder and see if I can grab some cool sounds from there as well.
About the Gamelan
First Note for some of you who wonder about the release. Yes, I got the permission to record and release these recordings. If you use these recordings credits goes to “Nangun Semita Liang” Ubud and if you need permission for commercial use contact Wayan Nugraha (email@example.com)!
I drove on my motorbike down the Hanoman road and I could already hear some traditional music from the distance.
After I came closer I looked to the right and saw a group of young men sitting in this open house and playing traditional Balinese music. I came to the right time because they just did the warm-up.
A group with at least 25 people so I stopped my motorbike turn around and walked up to them and asked them friendly if I could record this music. I think many people outside of Bali might be very interested in the music and how it sounds like.
Everybody was super friendly and happy that somebody shows interested in these sounds.
So I placed my recorder and the microphone closer to the people with the Bonang the Kethuk, the Kendank and one of my favorite instrument. The Gong.
The Gong is insane. You can listen to the gong in several warm-up tracks ( I just called them that way ) but in the main tracks 01 and 02 you can really feel the power and the vibration of it.
You sit in the middle between 3 of these gongs and if I am correct these are made of bronze and then you hit the gongs with your shoulders left and right and with a. I can only imagine how intense these vibrations sound like for the person inside the circle.
I recorded for one hour and the group stopped at 10 pm. After that, we had a nice chat about it I showed them my website and I promised them to send them all the audio files what I already did.
After editing these sounds I had almost 35 minutes of usable sounds so I created 22 different tracks.
The warm-up tracks are short versions. The group started playing and stopped immediately after several seconds or minutes and I cut the best parts.
The main tracks 01 and 02 are my favorites ( Bandcamp Album Track 18 & 19) super powerful and I personally love the gongs the most.
I kept the microphones and the lowest level I could possibly do and was so scared not to clip these mics.
By way here is the location where I recorded these sounds!
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Enjoy the sounds!
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Category: Sounds Of Indonesia, Traditional Music, Instruments Type: Balinese Gamelan Specs: 22 files • 24 bit / 192 kHz • 3.0 GB Duration: 35 min Equipment: Zoom F4, DPA 4060 Delivery: Instant Bandcamp download or Complete Library Download License types: standard license, royalty-free & license-free license
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