This book discusses the uses and functions of songs in Javanese and Sundanese matjapat poetic metres such as Dandanggula, Sinom, Kinanti, Durma, Maskumambang and Mijil, including the song texts and their English translations and musical transcriptions of recorded performances by male and female vocalists. Most are unaccompanied, though a few are accompanied by a gamelan ensemble.
Musical Journeys in Sumatra: Audio and Audiovisual examples
See list of audio and audiovisual examples for this book, and link to the ARROW Repository to listen to the examples
Musical Journeys in Sumatra
This unique book showcases the complex diversity of Indonesian music and includes field observations from six different provinces: Aceh, North Sumatra, Riau, West Sumatra, South Sumatra and Bangka-Belitung.
The Gamelan Digul and the Prison Camp Musician Who Built It
This is the story of a particular Javanese group of ‘matching’ musical instruments called the gamelan Digul, and their creator, the Indonesian musician and political activist Pontjopangrawit (1893-ca. 1965).
Gamelan Digul (Indonesian Translation)
This is the Indonesian translation of the 2002 book “The Gamelan Digul and the Prison Camp Musician Who Built It” by Margaret Kartomi.
On Concepts and Classifications of Musical Instruments
Kartomi first moves through a culture-specific inspection of several societies in Europe, Asia, and Africa, and then, synthesizing current ethnomusicological trends, proceeds to make a large-scale comparative study of classification schemes and the concepts which govern them.
Musical Instruments of Indonesia: An Introductory Handbook
Published by the Indonesian Arts Society to mark its tenth year of activities, this book accompanied an exhibition of a representative range of Indonesian musical instruments, including pipes, xylophones, metal-keyed instruments, gongs, drums, zithers and many more.