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ERIK GRISWOLD

Wednesday

ERIK GRISWOLD

Wednesday

Prepared music box and toy piano producing an extended, extraordinarily evocative Gamelan recording.

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23 Skidoo

Language (Dub)

23 Skidoo

Language (Dub)

Abstract yet precise Gamelan piece from 1984's influential 'Urban Gamelan' album.

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Colleen Et Les Boîtes À Musique

Please Gamelan Again

Colleen Et Les Boîtes À Musique

Please Gamelan Again

Cecile Schott armed with a loop pedal and a music box...

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Gamelan of the Yogyakarta Royal Palace

Gendhing Lintang Karahinan (The Morning Star)

Gamelan of the Yogyakarta Royal Palace

Gendhing Lintang Karahinan (The Morning Star)

Traditional Gamelan from the smallest province of Indonesia.

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SEBASTIEN ROUX

Bleston.

SEBASTIEN ROUX

Bleston.

Twilight drone with a slowly emerging Gamelan spine.

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GAMELAN SON OF LION

through the looking glass

GAMELAN SON OF LION

through the looking glass

Ritual Gamelan from New York's Gamelan Son of Lion ensemble.

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CLARO INTELECTO

Rise.

CLARO INTELECTO

Rise.

Eleven minutes of loose-limbed Gamelan techno from Mark Stewart.

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BIRD SHOW

All Afternoon Part #2 (Dawn of the Dead)

BIRD SHOW

All Afternoon Part #2 (Dawn of the Dead)

Ben Vida's Bird Show with a psychedelic Gamelan workout.

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SUSUMU YOKOTA

Holy Ground

SUSUMU YOKOTA

Holy Ground

Chiming Gamelan appropriation from the multi-talented Susumu Yokota.

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So Percussion

The So-Called Laws Of Nature (II): David Lang

So Percussion

The So-Called Laws Of Nature (II): David Lang

Remarkable piece from this percussion quartet made up of former students of Robert van Sice.

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ANDREW PEKLER

Ogonjok

ANDREW PEKLER

Ogonjok

A string Gamelan template turned inside out : an anachronistic juxtaposition of disciplines.

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Oren Ambarchi and Robbie Avenaim

clockwork

Oren Ambarchi and Robbie Avenaim

clockwork

Minimal electronics from two giants - Ambarchi's soundscaping augmented by Avenaim's percussion.

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KLIMEK

White, No Trails - Verlust Der Motorik

KLIMEK

White, No Trails - Verlust Der Motorik

Blissful submerged Gamelan from Sebastian Meissner.

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SET FIRE TO FLAMES

and the birds are about to bust their guts with singing

SET FIRE TO FLAMES

and the birds are about to bust their guts with singing

Mechanical Gamelan clockwork from this supergroup...

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This time on 14tracks:

“14 tracks of Urban Gamelan”

Indonesia's Gamelan ensembles have long influenced contemporary music with their long, contemplative arrangements and oddly discordant harmonies. Everyone from Debussy through to John Cage, Messiaen, Ligeti, Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Mice Parade and Autechre have at one point or another appropriated the distinctive blend of instruments and form that dates back to the Javanese people of the 1st century and the invention of the Gong. There are several varieties of traditional Gamelan, but this selection here is largely focused on contemporary appropriations, from the reverent facsimiles of Philip Corner's Gamelan Son of Lion to the fragile tinkerings of Colleen and the reduced funk anachronisms of 23 Skidoo, whose seminal Urban Gamelan lends this selection its title.

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On 14 Jan 11:24 Jon Seaton said:

“Sine waves”

I love Boomkat and 14 tracks too, however there is something I have a real problem with, and having asked quite a few others who use your site have found a high level of agreement!

Why do you insert sine waves every 30 seconds that are at least 5db higher than the track being listened to? It gives the user a really nasty experience when auditioning tracks on a decent system. Surely you're not worried about people sitting with a recorder taping this stuff?

On 14 Jan 12:14 Shlom said:
http://14tracks.com

“RE : Jon Seaton”

Hi John, The beep is there every 30 seconds because the labels only allow us to play 30 seconds of un-interrupted music. We had to decide whether to restrict the preview clips to just 30 seconds, or have longer previews with the interruption every 30 seconds. We figured the longer clips with interruptions would be preferable. As for the volume - we're constantly reviewing the level, but unfortunately we have to have them at a volume that's audible regardless of the kind of music that's playing otherwise the label's complain that they're inaudible. Hope that answers your question - and cheers for the comment.

On 14 Jan 13:25 Matt said:
http://tinyurl.com/6wa5tm

“FLAC”

Any plans to introduce FLAC format to 14tracks? I'd love to be downloading all of these but as yet can't bring myself to do it at 320k...

On 14 Jan 14:27 rylan said:

“FLAC continued”

I would ditto the desire for 14 tracks to offer an FLAC package. thanks.

On 14 Jan 14:30 kingluma said:

“good collection”

nothing but complaints, huh ? : )

I'm going for the whole set this time. I agree that the longer clips with interruption is better than a shorter clip only - I consider it an acceptable wa to preview the music. better than the friggin' iTunes store : )

On 14 Jan 14:30 phil said:
http://theioa.com

“more like this!”

great idea for a collection and really widens the brief of what 14 tracks can be

On 14 Jan 15:11 eidetic said:

There are some great tracks here, but I would question the use of 'gamelan' to describe some of them.

On 14 Jan 15:42 alexis said:

“a fan in california”

i have the 23 skidoo on vinyl. i remember buying it back in '84. i always look forward to the 14 in my inbox, but i don't get the boomkat latest releases. humm. i have yet to buy, though. i'm still a bit of a luddite and i dislike downloading music. ain't nothin' like the real thing. the physical object. a fetish, a totem. liner notes!

On 14 Jan 16:37 Ian jack said:

“Eidetic”

Well, it does say "contemporary appropriations"....
Great selection btw.

On 14 Jan 17:48 Frank said:

“I asked for it, you did it!”

Yo Boomkat

You guys are so awesome I can't stop gushing. Back before Xmas I posted a comment on one of the other sets suggesting a gamelan collection and here it is. Really way to cool! This is totally what I was hoping for. I know Jon Hassell probably doesn't fit the 'independent label' category, but one of the tracks from his 1983 collection Aka Darbari Java would've made this just psych-good. But no complaints -this is awesome and perfect!

Thanks again guys - you are the only online music resource for me.

Cheers
Frank

Vancouver, Canada

On 15 Jan 00:54 nickyb said:
http://komododubs.com

“Missed tune”

Great selection but you missed a killer that needs to be heard. Canned by Distance on Rinse FM, "Bali Dub" by Komodo is the definition of Urban Gamelan. How do I get it to you? The album is available in Canada and on a not to be mentioned site. You need this!
Big up!!!

On 15 Jan 08:04 Frank said:

“Another idea...”

Hi again guys. Here's another idea - The Ocean. Selections inspired by any and all things nautical. Thinking themes here not genres (program music?), but that would be OK, right? I can see it now - Xela's "Dead Sea", Lawrence English "Kiri No Oto", Altar Ego/Philip Jeck "Sinking of the Titanic", Fennesz "Black Sea", Fourcolor "Water Mirror". The list goes on...

Cheers
Frank from Vancouver

On 17 Jan 23:48 Pablo said:

“Excellent”

I absolutely love this site please keep up the great selections, on a side note, I sure would love to have an iphone compatible version of this site, and perhaps even an mobile boomkat, that would be great!

On 28 Jan 14:32 Doris Woo said:

“Crazy”

Although I'd played in a Gamelan ensemble, I'd never thought to look for modern interpretations of it. This spotlight is making my head explode...

On 11 Nov 17:24 ini.itu said:
http://www.iniitu.net

“expand”

nice selection indeed. tip : our releases ;) excellent LPs by Anaphoria (Kraig Grady), francisco lópez, and soon d'incise. All of them recontextualizing gamelan in very elegant ways :)