4/03/2008

Night Recordings From Bali [Sublime Frequencies]



The island of Bali is Indonesia's most popular place. With the modern beach resorts at Kuta and Legian, the lovely, tropic interior of palm-covered hills and rice paddies, and a rich variety of art, dance and music, it is a destination of choice for travelers around the world. But, regardless of their increasing role of servicing an ever-demanding tourist industry, the Balinese are a strong-willed and tight-knit society. The island is a tiny enclave of Hinduism within a massive nation of Islam, yet, their Gamelan music is faster, tighter, and louder than their mighty neighbors to the west, the Javanese. Balinese Gamelan stylings and the Ketchak dance are legendary throughout the world and have been immortalized in sound recordings and on film for decades. But, beneath the creeping exterior of a pseudo-western culture slowly overtaking an amazing tradition of unique human expression, the moods of the island are governed by magic and superstition. The hills, forests, rivers, and crossroads are alive with tales of demons (Leyaks) and a flesh-eating Ogress (Rangda). A lesser-known darker side of Balinese life secretly balances the lighter side "tropical paradise" of tourist brochures. This CD is composed of field recordings from August and September of 1989. The majority of the recordings were made at night in and around the villages of Peliatan and Ubud. Amidst the excerpts from Gamelan performances, rehearsals, and Ketchak, are sounds of the surrounding forests and mysterious crossroads where packs of dogs seem to take on forms of angry demons. Also encountered here are odd folk stylings for flute and drum, outdoor village theatre, and other various sound anomalies from the Balinese interior.

V/A - Night Recordings From Bali

7 komentar:

FreeCT mengatakan...

THANK YOU and also for SCG and Pocahaunted!

Gonzo mengatakan...

you are always welcome my friend

C mengatakan...

Just recently discovered your blog and I'm working on getting everything. Thanks so much for the great suggestions! Love your blog.

Gonzo mengatakan...

thanks very much! i'm glad i can share everything i love here

gabe mengatakan...

hi, this is a great blog & i absolutely agree in tha sublime frecuencies rule!!!!!!!
one request, could u post this Bali recording on .zip format??? i can't download on .rar... thanks anyway!!!!!

Gonzo mengatakan...

i think you just need a good .rar extractor. try WinRar or if you are using mac computer, try UnRarX or Stuffit Expander. hope it helps!

The Irate Pirate mengatakan...

thanks for this. it's wild. just discovered your blog and all its great music, and i've added you to my blogroll.