Angklung; a Music Instrument

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The Music Instrument of ‘Angklung’

In general, traditional performing arts have three main genres. First are the music or songs or melodies and its musical instruments. Second is dancing or a variety of body movements or gestures and the third is theatre; a collaborative form of fine art that uses live performers to present the experience of a real or imagined event before a live audience in a specific place and the performers may communicate this experience to the audience through combinations of gesture, speech, song, music or dance.

In this context, I choose the first genre that is music particularly one of a unique musical instrument called ‘Angklung.’ In some ways, angklung has been used as a source of arts explorations by a number of contemporary performing arts practitioners in Southeast Asian regions such as Indonesia and even Malaysia. Today, angklung is renowned across the globe for its features and regarded as one of the classical or traditional music instrument both in Indonesia and Malaysia. It has been performed in many occasions until this present.

The angklung is a musical instrument made of two bamboo tubes attached to a bamboo frame. The tubes are carved to have a resonant pitch when struck and are tuned to octaves. The base of the frame is held in one hand, whilst the other hand strikes the instrument. This causes a repeating note to sound. Each of three or more performers in an angklung ensemble play just one note or more, but altogether complete melodies are produced. The angklung originated in today's Indonesia and has been played by the Sundanese for many centuries. The word "angklung" was originated from Sundanese "angkleung-angkleungan", that means the movement of angklung player and the sound "klung" that comes from the instrument. Another theory suggested that the word "angklung" was formed from two Balinese words - angka and lung. Angka means "tone", and lung means "broken" or "lost". Angklung, thus means an "incomplete...
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