Kulintangan [kulintangan kayu, krotong]
- Patricia Matusky
[kulintangan kayu, krotong]
Gong chime of Sabah, Malaysia. Found throughout Sabah, but especially in the coastal communities, the kulintangan is a set of small, brass, pot-shaped bossed gongs placed horizontally (with boss upward) in a single row in a wooden frame. Along the west coast seven to nine gongs constitute a set, and on the east coast a set can have five to seven or more gongs. Sometimes the gongs are decorated with embossed geometric patterns. The player sits on the floor before the frame and plays the gongs with a pair of wooden beaters. The kulintangan usually appears in a small ensemble along with a drum (tombol, rebana frame drum, gandang barrel drum, single-headed karatung) and two or more hanging bossed gongs (agung and sanang) that beat out rhythmic patterns (sometimes highly syncopated) that complement the pattern of the kulintangan. In Sabah, four basic ensembles that use the ...