Monday, June 28, 2010


One again the wealth of musical instruments made of bamboo, called Karinding unique and simple form which has a small size of 10cm x 2cm.

Unique musical instruments played with mouth taped and then pounded or flick ends through the rope. Vibrations from Karinding accommodated on the oral cavity with combined air from the mouth to produce a unique sound as well.

Karinding usually in held in traditional ceremonies to ask the rainy season coming to an end along with the flooding and crop fields are flooded. But they also hope that the coming dry season is not miserable.

This instrument is reportedly more than 600 years old in the Sunda region of West Java and now began to be forgotten, is very unfortunate if this time a large part of the Sundanese community has lost a lot of information and knowledge about their ancestors.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


Bamboo music, traditional music instruments Spare Massenrengpulu, Enrekang District, South Sulawesi, which is threatened with extinction.

Ethnic Communities Massenrengpulu (Maiwa, Duri and Enrekang) calls bamboo as a musical bass music is sounded, all the equipment is made from bamboo or petung customers, the shape resembles a musical instrument from West Java angklung.

This Enrekang unique type of musical instrument, where the two tube joined together by sticks bamboo smaller.

In the old days when the Dutch occupation, through the development of bass music, although very traditional manufacturing techniques.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Calung

The Calung is the Sunda musical instrument which played by beating, different from angklung whose played by shaken up down.

Beating the bar (blade) of internodes ( bamboo tube) structured according to titi barrel (gamut) pentatonik ( da-mi-na-ti-la).

There are two forms of calung known in the West Java of Sunda area, namely calung renteng and calung tenteng. Two types of calung this form and be based on the layout of bamboo.

Bamboo calung renteng placed in a row use leather strap waru or tied with rattan, sorted from the large to the smallest, the number of bamboo calung in this section have 9 or more, how to play this type of calung beaten.

The second type is the type of calung tenteng, this is a different bamboo row size linked up with bamboo blade, consisting of 2 bamboo tube up to 8 bamboo tube, beaten with the right hand using resembling a hammer tools.

This calung known in general is kind calung tenteng. Calung this type of equipment is the type of music that has long been popular by the Sundanese people.

Played in groups as composed of bass calung, melody calung and rhytem calung, while singing a song punctuated by a few jokes.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

The Angklung

Angklung bamboo is a type of music that is very unique, which bamboo tubes composed of two or more shaken to produce sound. Traditional musical instruments from Indonesia is a cultural heritage of ancestors who must be preserved.

Angklung is an Indonesian traditional musical instrument, made from bamboo, played by 20 – 60 people, covering both traditional and modern songs. One complete set of instrument consist of 42 single pieces, where each piece represents only one tone.

Several sets are used when playing angklung in a big group. More than 20 people are needed to form a complete angklung group, where each person holds 2 to 5 single pieces of angklung. Good team work is needed, since every player contribute the tones to form a complete song. They have to harmonize each other to produce a proper melody. In angklung-orchestra, togetherness is the most important thing the group should has.

Monday, February 8, 2010

The Sulings

The Suling is a bamboo flute from Indonesia state, where the flute is a lot of variety because Indonesia is an archipelago.
Almost every major island in Indonesia have a traditional musical flute is combined with other traditional instruments, especially the island of Java, which was divided into three provinces namely West Java, Central Java and East Java.

To the east is the island of Bali is rich in art music and dance also has his own bamboo flute. Bamboo flute in almost all devices in the Balinese gamelan melodies as carriers and sweeten the tracks, of the many traditional Balinese instruments only 10 percent using bamboo materials, however, the presence of bamboo gamelan is no less important than the metal gong.

The Suling is a simple bamboo flute. A notch is cut into the the side of the top end, and this top end is surrounded by a rattan of bamboo ring, leaving a small slit where the player will put his mouth on. Suling is the simplest and cheapest instrument in the gamelan.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

The Dizi

Because it sounds great, is easy to learn, light to carry and inexpensive, the Dizi Chinese Bamboo Flute) is one of most popular Chinese instruments in Asia.

The Dizi (also called D'Tzu or Zhu Di), is a side blown wind instrument made of Bamboo. The Dizi has a very simple structure: 1 blowhole, 1 membrane hole, 6 finger holes, and two pairs of holes in the end to correct the pitch and hang decorative tassels.

Most special about the Dizi is the "Mo-Cong" (membrane hole), which is located between the blowhole and 6th finger hole. The Mo-Cong was invented in the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD) by Liu Xi, and he named the flute the "Seven Star Tube". What makes the Mo-Cong special is its thin membrane covering. Some people mistake this membrane for rice paper, but it is actually made from the inner tube of a bamboo or reed plant. When the Dizi is played, the membrane vibrates with the Dizi, producing a sweet, bright tone. In addition it helps to deliver the Dizi sound far away. Liu Xi stated the purpose of his great invention as "To help produce better tone quality". You can also adjust the membrane to get the just the "right" tone for the specific musical mood.

Another Chinese bamboo flute, called the Xiao, is played vertically. This style of flute was exported to other Asia countries.

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The Shakuhachi

The shakuhachi is a testament to the elegance of traditional Japanese culture. Made from the root of the bamboo, its aesthetic is organic and simple. Hidden inside this rustic form, however, is a bore that is carefully crafted with the utmost precision. This instrument produces a sound that is said to replicate the full range of natural life on earth.

The shakuhachi is an end-blown flute tuned to a pentatonic (5-note) scale. By various fingerings -- half- and quarter-holings -- and by controlling the angle of mouthpiece against the lip, all twelve tones of the western chromatic scale can be produced. The mouthpiece consists of an oblique blowing edge whose design is unique in that it enables the player to control the pitch produced by changing the angle at which the flute is being blown. This, in turn, produces a delicate change of intonation -- a swelling or bending of notes characteristic of the traditional music. Alterations in embouchure, intensity of blowing and cross fingerings allow the player to create a wide variety of subtle and incredible sounds. The timbre of the instrument is mellow in its low tones, although it is equally capable of producing loud, penetrating and breathy tones in its middle and upper registers. Little can be said of the sound of the shakuhachi without first hearing its hauntingly beautiful ring. With this in mind, noted ethnomusicologist Fumio Koizumi concluded: "Because of the religious origin of its music, the sound of the bamboo flute leads the mind directly into spiritual thought. Thus a single tone of the shakuhachi can sometimes bring one to the world of Nirvana."

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