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Gangsaran Sapto (excerpt)

Alex Dea



Performance from YGF (Yogyakarta Gamelan Festival) July 8, 2011. Sixty players of different ages using every note of four gamelan sets of pelog and slendro, resulting in a wonderful horizontal poly-microtonal sound.

"Gangsaran Sapto" is somewhere between drones of La Monte Young and sound mass of Ligeti.

Gangsaran is a traditional 8-beat composition playing one note. "Gangsaran Sapto" is in memoriam of Sapto, the founder and producer of the YGF, who loved both traditional classical Javanese gamelan, and electronic avant-garde combinations.

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