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date: 16 November 2019


  • Andrew C. McGraw


Balinese metallophone used in the gong gede, gong kebyar, pelegongan, semara dana, and semar pagulingan gamelans. It is a mid-range instrument of the gender type, with five to seven tuned bronze bars suspended over tuned bamboo resonators housed in a carved wooden case. The bars are struck with a single padded mallet (panggul) held in the right hand, and damped with the left thumb and forefinger. Like most genders the penyacah appears in pairs, the lower (pengumbang) instrument tuned 6–10 Hz below the higher (pengisep), producing a beating effect (ombak) when both are played in unison. The penyacah performs abstractions of the main melody (lagu) at a rate of one note per beat.

The jublag has the same number of bars tuned an octave lower than the pencayah but plays one note only every two beats. The jegogan is tuned an octave lower still, again with five to seven bars and performs the slowest moving abstraction of the ...

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