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IMPROVISED PAIRED DRUMMING: THE NGEMATIN/ NGEGONGIN RELATIONSHIP OF KENDANG ARJA

Made, Mantle Hood (2002) IMPROVISED PAIRED DRUMMING: THE NGEMATIN/ NGEGONGIN RELATIONSHIP OF KENDANG ARJA. Bheri (JURNAL ILMIAH MUSIK NUSANTARA), 1 (1). p. 1. ISSN 1415-6508

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    Abstract

    This article examines how the drummers that accompany arja, a sung dance-drama of Bali, improvise, maintain the flow of interlocking, and avoid conflicting drum strokes. Improvised paired drumming is defined in this discussion as two drummers, each of which has a single drum, that have a relationship that allows them to interlock drum patterns while maintaining an improvised rhythmic relationship. Balinese music is notorious for its intricate melodic and rhythmic interlocking techniques. In general, two pre-composed parts combine to creat a composite whole. The two Arja drummers occasionally employ this fixed relationship in the drama. However, the majority of their drumming is exceptional to this static fixed relationship. Each of the two drums has a basic vocabulary of drum patterns that are mixed and matched so long as the flow of interlocking is maintained. Previously unexplored in the literature, we will see how the terms ngematin and ngegongin, as well as interlocking principles divided among the wadon and lanang hierarchy constitute the ‘building blocks’ for improvised paired drumming.

    Item Type: Article
    Subjects: N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
    Divisions: Publication Unit > Journal > Bheri Journal
    Depositing User: Users 2 not found.
    Date Deposited: 29 Dec 2010 14:28
    Last Modified: 29 Dec 2010 14:28
    URI: http://repo.isi-dps.ac.id/id/eprint/360

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