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date: 15 November 2019


  • Andrew C. McGraw


(1) Bronze bossed gong of Bali. It is used in several ensembles including the gamelan gong gede, gamelan gong kebyar, gamelan bebonangan, and gamelan beleganjur. It rests horizontally in a wooden stand and is approximately 30 cm in diameter and 20 cm deep. It is beaten with a lightly padded mallet (panggul). In the lelambatan repertoire the kempli marks melodic subsections (palet). In gong kebyar repertoire it may be played on every beat, struck with a mallet in the right hand while the left hand rests on the body of the instrument, producing a short, staccato sound. When played in this way, the kempli may be referred to as a kajar, although the latter term typically refers to a different type of instrument with its own unique playing style.

(2) Tube zither of Bali.

(3) Frame drum of Java.

See also Guntang; Kajar; Terbang.

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