Music that flies – thoughts on studying the Balinese Gamelan


Imagine a Music that takes wing, plunging and diving like a playful swarm of fireflies. Music that takes wing with the audacity and magic of the mythical bird-like Garuda. Imagine melodies created not by voices or on strings but on bells, gongs and metal hammers. Imagine the vibrations mingling into one giant vibration that takes on a life of its own, creating a sound that dances almost visibly in the air. Imagine a "Music that flies", like some mythical creature not bound by earthly constraints of time and space. Imagine this and know that the beauty of the music of the Gamelan is even beyond this vision.