Global_Beats_2011_Part_2_Gamelan_with_Andy_Gleadhill – Video

Delegates at Warwickshire Music Service’s 2011 Global Beats Conference play one of the pieces from Andy Gleadhill’s Indonesian Gamelan teachers guide. This clip features three different sizes of gong and you can see how the gongs are used to mark the different starting and stopping points of the music’s cycles. Usually one player would play one or at most two gongs. Here again Andy directs the changes in temp from the Kendang (Balinese drum) and you can see how the different sizes of metallophone play different roles — the smaller the instrument, the more elaborate the part.You can also see here how the players use the thumb and forefinger of their free hand to dampen the notes after they’ve been played.