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date: 16 December 2019

Keranting [kerantung, kerantegn, kereb, kerim, kreb, krem, pergam]locked

  • Jack Percival Baker Dobbs,
  • Trân Quang Hai
  •  and Patricia Matusky


[kerantung, kerantegn, kereb, kerim, kreb, krem, pergam]

Tube zither, idiochord or heterochord, of the Orang Asli peoples of West Malaysia. It is constructed of a stout piece of bamboo about 33 to 170 cm long, with a node at each end, from the surface of which narrow, parallel strips of bark are prised lengthwise, attached at both ends, to serve as strings. Over each end of the tube a strong rattan ring is placed to prevent the instrument from splitting and to stop the strings from breaking away. Wedges inserted under the strings act as bridges, and the instrument can be tuned by moving the wedges. In some cases holes are made in the bamboo to increase resonance, and small pieces of wood can be stuck on to it to serve as frets. The number of strings varies.

The keranting of the Semog Beri people is about 170 cm long. It has two metal strings which sound a semitone apart and are plucked simultaneously. A shorter instrument, about 75 cm long and with three strings, is used in Pahang state; the strings are normally of bamboo but can also be of metal and are beaten with a pair of sticks....

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