Ayak-ayak: A modern take on traditional music #gamelan

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I I’m bringing back a lot of old arrangements into the open now. When I was studying my music degree, I had the privilege of playing Gamelan music. They are really intriguing instruments and its music simple as it maybe, it’s also most wonderful.

For a contemporary music class assignment, I take joy in arranging music for all kinds of instruments. Then, I decided to take the music we learned in Gamelan class and transformed its melody into a different style – jazz, which was pretty much what I was studying as part of my major.

At that time, we had really limited instruments and skills. We had to employ the use of keyboards and pianos. The name of the Gamelan music is “Ayak-ayak” and to be honest, I do not know its meaning either!

If you have interest in trying this arrangement, please do leave me a comment!

Below is a Gamelan sample of Ayak-Ayak:

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