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Indonesian gamelan

Keybar gamelan gong  This gong was exhibited at Expo 92 in Seville. The Museum displays only part of the full set of 31 instruments. © Rafael Vargas

Keybar gamelan gong  This gong was exhibited at Expo 92 in Seville. The Museum displays only part of the full set of 31 instruments. © Rafael Vargas

The musical culture of Indonesia is dominated by the gamelan, a group of percussion instruments in which the metallic sound of the gongs are arranged in a pyramidal hierarchy under a principal one. In a pentatonic system, the tempo and intervals are dictated by a cosmology between the different types of instruments and the voice, often used to imitate natural sounds or for spiritual purposes. The Museum has a gamelan in the interactive room which can be played.

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