Tajen – Balinese Cock Fight! A Sound Journey Until Death! (Binaural)

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Libby and I decided this time that we are not going to stay in Hotels or private villas far up from Ubud. We rented a house from a local family only 2 km from Ubud center.

The house is brand new and has everything you need and yes you can rent a nice place for 350 US Dollar a month and the money goes directly to the family!

We have our private space but we like to communicate with our landlords and sometimes I go jogging or play badminton with one of the sons what is really fun.

Living with locals shows you the real Bali. We already went to places and experienced local traditions what I suppose an “all-inclusive” tourist who stays in a resort probably would never see or experience.

One of these experience is going to an event called Tajen or Balinese cockfight.
If you walk or drive around the streets you can see everywhere rooster held in baskets and these chickens are for the fights.

These fights are illegal (aside for a few particular, religious reasons) but my landlord invited me to come with him. He has 3 roosters and normally I would never go to such an event but for sound recording, I think its important to archive these sounds and present it to the world.

Balinese Cock Fight

The event was right next to our house in a backyard of a laundry matt and kind of a cliche I thought.

I had to wear a traditional sarong recorded the sound, took photos and nobody did even pay attention to me.

Chicken Fight Sound Effects

When I arrived a crowd of 50 people are already here and the first fight was over. Until a fight, it takes a long time because of the referees who are sitting in the middle of the ring and deciding what rooster fight each other.

If you want to know more about the traditional cockfight and how it works I found a good article about it HERE!

Balinese Cock Fight

More and more people showed up and you can listen to the crowd and roosters in the baskets.
If two roosters are chosen each of them gets a sharp knife on one leg and because roosters have a natural aggression to each other and they fight immediately or jump on each other.

A fight is not longer than two minutes and if one of the roosters runs away they put both together in a basket until one of them dies! I left after 45 minutes

Balinese Cock Fight

I recorded this sound with my Tascam in my pocket and had the Soundman binaural mics in my ears.
The sound file is around 45 minutes long and I created a Bandcamp album out of it so you can download the full album or just the part you want!

Part 03 has a really awesome crowd sound effect included and you can listen everybody started betting and cheering.


A rooster crows only when it sees the light. Put him in the dark and he’ll never crow. I have seen the light and I’m crowing.

Mohammed Ali


You can download all the rooster sounds direct from my Bandcamp Album! If you are not able to see the media player for some reasons HERE IS THE LINK!

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