- Andrew C. McGraw
Ring flute of Flores, Indonesia, morphologically similar to the Javanese and Balinese suling. (Nowadays in Flores ‘suling’ refers primarily to bamboo transverse flutes introduced by Christian missionaries.) It is made from a bamboo tube, open at the bottom and closed with a node at the top. A small wedge-shaped hole is cut in the node, together with a small opening just below it, and this is partly covered by a narrow bamboo or rattan ring that guides the player’s breath down the slit between the hole and the ring. The instrument is called nuren or feko in the Larantuka and Lio areas, klekor in the Riangwulu area, glekor in the Sikka area, and sunding in the Manggarai area. In the Riangwulu, Djopu, and Manggarai areas it is sometimes called the fekor and ranges from 25 to 37 cm long, having three to six fingerholes. In the eastern and central areas of Flores the flutes are between 30 and 49 cm long and have five or six fingerholes. Flutes in the western region tend to be from 64 to 71 cm long and have three to six fingerholes. In the central Wolowaru area ...