ANAK AGUNG GDE MANDERA and JOHN COAST.
DANCERS OF BALI: GAMELAN OF PELIATAN, 1952 (World Arbiter)
Recorded originally on September 25, 1952.
Remastered with detailed notes.
Under the direction of Anak Agung Gde Mandara
Produced by John Coast
Is there an inherently more pleasing sound then that of gamelan music? We think not. Something about the tones and tempo of it that make our ears so damn happy. This is an amazing recording from 1952 of one of the first world tours of Gamelan music. An ensemble of Peliatan dancers and musicians trekked across the globe and gave Westerners a glimpse of the magic and spellbound bliss that is gamelan.
So amazing that sounds made a half century ago still ring with so much vibrancy and color. Without a doubt so many of today's sonic explorers have been touched by the power of Gamelan music as you can't help but hear the influence of Gamelan on records by folks like Aphex Twin, Four Tet and Colleen.
In fact so much of good electronic music aims for this height of rhythm, tone and effervescence. We could listen to these sounds all day and night. Something so great about how you can both have this on in the background or listen with attentive focus and each way you get something that feels so totally invigorating and satisfying from the experience.
Whether you are a Gamelan aficionado or a newcomer to the sounds, this can serve as both an introduction or as another wonderful document of these brilliant sounds.