Musical Journeys in Sumatra: Audio and Audiovisual examples

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Audio Examples*

2.1 Prayer Chant Followed By Dendang Marindu Harimau

3.1 Excerpts from a Cindua Mato performance

3.2 A rantak kudo excerpt

3.3 Tari piring diatas piriang

3.4 A talempong pacik excerpt

3.5 Four talempong duduak excerpts

4.1 Excerpt of sections 1 through 10 of a tabuik drumming performance

5.1 Aluambek dancing accompanied by an indang group’s vocal excerpts

5.2 Salawek dulang

5.3 Dikia Mauluik

5.4 Dabuih excerpts

6.1 “Nyanyi Panjang Bersahutan”

6.2 “Lagu Gadiombi

6.3 Sama Sepukul: music accompanying displays of self-defense

6.4 Ratip (healing song)

7.1 Excerpt from a guritan performance

7.2 Tari adat Besemah

7.3 A rejunk excerpt based on cang-incang verses, sung by a male vocalist at a wedding in Kayuagung, 1971

7.4 “Mantau Kundang” played on a ginggung

7.5 “Mantau Kundang” played on a harmonika

7.6 “Lagu Tari Tanggai” played on a harmonika

7.7 “Irama Mayok-Tari Penguton” played by an orkes gambus

7.8 Tari tanggai played by an orkes gambus

7.9 “Tari Zapin Lagu Alaika”

7.10 “Tari Zapin Lagu Pulut Hitam”

7.11 “Siti Zubaidah”

7.12 “Wayang-Lagu Bertempur”

8.1   “Tari Gending Sriwijaya”

10.1 “Lagu Pulau Pinang Tari Payung”

11.1 “Gordang Sambilan Irama Pamilihon”

11.2 “Gordang Sarama” played on a set of gordang lima

11.3 “Irama Alap-Alap Tondi” played by a gondang dua ensemble

11.4 Gondang buluh irama Mandailing (Mandailing bamboo drum rhythm)


Audiovisual Excerpts*

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9.1 Tari campak asli dancing outside the pavilion


9.2 Ensemble accompanying the campak asli dancing


9.3a Campak asli dancing on the beach


9.3b Campak asli dancing on the beach with camera focusing on the instrumentalists


9.4 Tanjidor band


IV.1 Seudati – rapid movements


IV.2 Seudati – slower  movements


IV.3 A performance of meuseukat


IV.4 Seudati demonstration of Keutep Jaro


IV.5 Seudati demonstration of Dada Seribu


12.1 Segment of a phô dance performance


12.2 A phô dance performance at a government function


13.1 Rapa’i Pasè


13.2 Rapa’i dabôh


13.3 Rapa’i geurimpheng


13.4 Diké angguk


*Abstract notes prepared by Bronia Kornhauser MA.

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