Gamelan: A Short History of an Ancient Musical Tradition 

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

Gamelan is one of the richest musical traditions in the world. It is also one of the most complex because gamelan is more than just a style of music—it is a way to make instruments, create an ensemble, and even organize important parts of social life. Gamelan describes not just a sound but the complex process and relationships that produce it. Native to Indonesia, the traditional ensemble has roots in pre-Hindu, Buddhist, and Muslim-influenced mythology that goes back approximately 2,000 years; it has also been a deep influence on branches of modern music in the West.