Lou Harrison’s gamelan

10 06 2011

With bonus video of Buddhist scripture sung in Esperanto:



3 responses

11 06 2011

Episcopalian Phyllis Tickle reviews the cultural history of the church in the world and concludes that every 500 years the Christian Church [the institutionalized expression of the christian faith] experiences an evolutionary transformation [renewal and reformation].

She claims that the music of the Protestant Reformation played a decisive role in the process of its popularization.

She just may be onto something here:


11 06 2011

Which aspect of gamelan is more profound? The haunting melodies or the synchrony of the musicians? Hard to tell.

10 06 2011

Thank you. The music is evocatively beautiful.

I am drawn to Medieval and Renaissance dances and the primal rhythms of most folk music, especially Greek, Jewish and Spanish. Arabic and (Asian) Indian music appeals to me, also–especially when it has been “modified” for Western ears.

I actually experienced a moment of Dyonisian ecstasy on my apartment balcony listening to the High Life music from the Memorina Dance Hall and enjoying the tropical breeze in Monrovia, Liberia, WA in the early 60’s. In the immediate post-colonial days, before AIDs and tribal warfare, Africa was full of promise. Alas, although political colonialism had ended, the economic colonialism of the First World international corporations was far from over. Corporatism is to Capitalism what Communism is to Socialism–a corruption driven by ideological excess and a lust for power.

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