[SF003] Various Artists – Night Recordings From Bali (Sublime Frequencies,2003)

[SF003] Various Artists – Night Recordings From Bali (Sublime Frequencies,2003)

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.

1 –No Artist / Roughriders Troupe Peliatan Night Walk / Gamelan Rehearsal
2 –Roughriders Troupe Gamelan Rehearsal
3 –No Artist Monkey Forest Night
4 –Unknown Artist Legian Minstrals
5 –Unknown Artist Gamelan Gabor #1
6 –No Artist Rubber Television
7 –Madi K. Troupe UFO Gamelan
8 –Unknown Artist Night Village Barong #1
9 –No Artist Cremation Procession (Rotating Coffin)
10 –No Artist Night Lotus Pool
11 –Unknown Artist Gamelan Gabor #2
12 –Unknown Artist Ketchak Peliatan
13 –Unknown Artist Cremation Ceremony
14 –No Artist Demon Dog Crossroads
15 –Unknown Artist Night Village Barong #2
16 –No Artist River Spirits
17 –Unknown Artist Kuta Quintet
18 –Unknown Artist Tourist Barong Gamelan
19 –No Artist Midnight Plumage

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