Gamelan
(gam-a-lan)

•Gamelan music is played by a percussion orchestra, also called a gamelan.

•The difference from a European style orchestra is that the Indonesians treat the the gamelan orchestra as one instrument.

•The main tune is called Balungan or Pokok.

•The tune is repeated many times, creating a rhythmic cycle called gongan.

•The musical texture gamelan music creates is heterophony.

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