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Night Recordings from Bali - "Gamelan Gabor #2"

Like a hundred people trying to build a house of cards, like some wild vaudeville madhouse slapstick, this smashing smashing is an enormous drunken wander. Teetering and swaying and then falling forward and running, then stop! -ping and running again. It's mob logic, it's mania by committee, it's dark and red and silver and so so beautiful. It's impossible to dance to, you look like someone trying to sing along to made-up words, but it's amazing to watch it dance. [Buy from Sublime Frequencies]

OOIOO - "Umo"

Get out of here. Get out of here, they're coming. [Buy]


idea for combination from going through old favourites at popsheep

Posted by Dan at January 22, 2008 3:15 AM

OOIOO were awesome live. One of the best shows I've been to. Thanks, STG!

Posted by Luke at January 22, 2008 11:49 AM

I myself discovered "Night recordings from Bali" after discovering this *incredible* video:

I was originally interested in Gamelan because of the Akira Soundtrack, performed by the GEINOH YAMASHIROGUMI, who have some incredible Gamelan, Korean pastoral choir songs, and other pan-Asian compositions on other recordings.

Difficult to find, but very good.

Check 'em out!

Posted by tyler at January 22, 2008 6:18 PM

"It's impossible to dance to,"

My eldest daughter (5) was wrapped in a blanket, shivering and complaining of the cold in our living room.

Half ignoring her, I clicked on the link to begin the Balinese banging.

As soon as the music began, this same daughter dramatically flung her blanket aside and began dancing like a loon, swinging her hips and flailing her arms up and down.

I could only laugh and begin dancing at her side. I'll only let you know that the dance involves LOTS of arm flailing.

Posted by trawlerman at January 22, 2008 7:47 PM

I was lucky enough to hear a gamelan performance (along with the theatrical elements) in Bali when I was 12, and I still vividly remember being completely mesmerized by it all -- intense sensory overload. Nice to hear some gamelan again.

Phil H.

Posted by Phil H. at January 22, 2008 8:42 PM

I'm sure you know that "Umo" is a cover of the absolutely stunning Roberto De Simone track "Secondo Coro Delle Lavandaie".

It's a must have, check it out.

(just look a few tracks down, promise you won't be disappointed.

Posted by Juan FdlT in Los Angeles at January 24, 2008 5:39 AM

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