Saturday, November 28, 2009

A traditional music instrument

Angklung is a traditional Sunda ethnic musical instrument from West Java, Indonesia.
Angkung made out of two bamboo tubes attached to a bamboo frame, gives an original sound which can be adapted to any tune. The tubes are carved so that they have a resonant pitch when struck. The two tubes are tuned to octaves. The base of the frame is held with one hand while the other hand shakes the instrument rapidly from side to side. This causes a rapidly repeating note to sound. Angklung can be played either by one person or a large orchestra. Thus each of three or more angklung performers in an ensemble will play just one note and together complete melodies are produced.


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