Posts Tagged ‘ gamelan ’

Wayang Kulit at Museum Sonobudoyo, Yogyakarta

Wayang Kulit @ Museum Sonobudoyo, 17/2/2012
01 13 min 41 sec / 18.7 MB / 192kbps MP3
02 4 min 32 sec / 6.24 MB / 192bps MP3
03 2 min 17 sec / 3.14 MB / 192kbps MP3
04 5 min 38 sec / 7.74 MB / 192kbps MP3
05 1 min 32 sec / 2.11 MB / 192kbps MP3
06 2 min 14 sec / 3.08 MB / 192kbps MP3
07 8 min 36 sec / 11.8 MB / 192kbps MP3
08 5 min 51 sec / 8.03 MB / 192kbps MP3
09 13 min 41 sec / 18.8 MB / 192kbps MP3

Every night at Museum Sonobudoyo in Yogyakarta there is a Wayang Kulit performance of an episode from the Ramayana epic. Basically, for those who don’t know, Wayang Kulit are shadow puppets made out of buffalo skin and performances are always accompanied by gamelan music.

These are a few recordings that I took during the performance. Some recordings have only the gamelan music, others have both music and dialogue. The first few were taken from behind the screen (the dalang and gamelan side) and the rest are from the front (the audience side) – I could tell the difference in audio while I was there but I’m not sure if this difference is very pronounced in the recordings.

Despite all my attempts to pretend, I don’t actually understand Javanese so I have no idea what the story was about, but I’m pretty sure the scenes that looked like fight scenes were actually fight scenes. According to the big sign at the front of Museum Sonobudoyo the episode I watched is titled “The Death of Prahasta”. According to a brochure the episode is about:

Scene 1 : Pancawati Kingdom
Character : Rama, Laksmana, Sugriwa, Anila, Wibisana.
Rahwana’s youngest brother who defects to Pancawati. Rama tells his friends that he wishes, to subdue Rahwana. To Rama, Wibisana reveals Rahwana’s secret power, saying that is contains in the magic Mentawa sword. Sugriwa then orders Anila to steal Rahwana’s sword.

Scene 2 : Alengka Kingdom
Character : Prahasta, Anila.
Prahasta is the one whom Rahwana trusts with the task of guarding the Mentawa sword. By mean of some trick, Anila manages to steal the magic sword. Unfortunately, Prahasta catches him in the act and chases him. When he reaches Alengka’s border, Anila sees a nearby obelisk. Instantly, he takes it off the ground and kills Prahasta with it.

Wayang Golek at Taman Budaya Jawa Barat, Bandung

Wayang Golek at Taman Budaya Jawa Barat
9 min 56 sec / 13.6 MB / 192kbps MP3

Here’s a recording from a wayang golek show I saw while in Bandung. Basically, wayang golek are wooden puppets and the show is accompanied by gamelan music. This show was a contemporary version of wayang golek – instead of just one puppeteer there were about forty and there were even breakdancers dressed as monkeys.

From what I could figure out, the show was based on the Ramayana epic. Shinta (Sita) was kidnapped by Rahwana (Ravana) in the beginning and then there was some mad fighting between lots of monkeys and the bad guys. I couldn’t really follow the story because I can’t understand Sundanese and I’m not very familiar with the storyline of the Ramayana. However, I don know the meaning of the word geulis (beautiful), so I could figure out that Rahwana justified his kidnapping of Shinta by saying he couldn’t hep himself, she’s too geulis. I guess the “she’s asking for it” excuse has been around since ancient times. I wonder if women in Lanka or Ayodhya ever had their own Slut Walk.

Unfortunately, it started raining during the show and it had to end short. So I don’t know what happens in the end. Not that I was relaly aware of what was happening in the start or the middle. But the gamelan was awesome, the puppets were cool, the monkeys were cute and the breakdancing monkeys was best gila.