American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An Indonesian orchestra composed mainly of tuned percussion instruments such as bamboo xylophones, wooden or metal chimes, and gongs.
- n. A genre of music of Indonesian origin typically featuring metallophones, xylophones, drums, gongs and a bamboo flute (called a siuling).
- n. The name of the ensemble performing this style of music.
- n. a traditional Indonesian ensemble typically including many tuned percussion instruments including bamboo xylophones and wooden or bronze chimes and gongs
- From Malay gamelan, from Javanese gamelan. (Wiktionary)
- Javanese, from Old Javanese gamĕlan, percussion instrument, ensemble of percussion instruments, from gamĕl, to play a percussion instrument. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Western keyboard and hammered instruments have go from low to high as you move to the right — I believe the xylophone-like instruments in gamelan orchestras are like this too — which means that the more technically difficult lines are more often played with the right hand.”
“And it's wonderful because the gamelan is like a microcosm of how the Balinese live.”
“A gamelan is a musical instrument from Indonesia - typically from the islands of Bali or Java - featuring a variety of instruments such as metallophones, xylophones, drums and gongs, bamboo flutes, bowed and plucked strings.”
“The skeleton rehearsal orchestra started up: a double-sided drum, a gamelan which is a sort of oriental xylophone and a big wooden wheel festooned with tinkling bells.”
“Brisbane (ANTARA News) - Konsulat RI di Darwin memperkenalkan permainan "gamelan", alat musik kas Jawa, kepada siswa dari sejumlah sekolah di Australia, melalui sebuah lokakarya seni budaya Nusantara.”
“John Cage's "Amores" joined the gamelan-like sound of prepared piano, played by Lin, with parts for three percussionists.”
“Touring opposite the reliably charming Penguin Cafe is the chillout, gamelan and Steve Reich-influenced Portico Quartet – another popular engaging bunch of mavericks.”
“Biophilia" is built in large part on instruments Björk and her team invented, including a bronze keyboard that's a cross between a celesta and a gamelan, a digital pipe organ, a Tesla coil that replicates rumbling bass, and a series of 30-foot-tall sound-producing pendulums.”
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