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Angklung

Angklung

The Angklung is a musical instrument made of two bamboo tubes attached to a bamboo frame. The tubes are carved to have a resonant pitch when struck and are tuned to octaves. The base of the frame is held in one hand, whilst the other hand strikes the instrument. This causes a repeating note to sound. Each of three or more performers in an angklung ensemble play just one note or more, but altogether complete melodies are produced. TheAngklung is popular throughout Southeast Asia, but it originated in today’s Indonesia and has been played by the Sundanese for many centuries.

Etimology

The word “angklung” was originated from Sundanese “angkleung-angkleungan”, that means the movement of angklung player and the sound “klung” that comes from the instrument. Another theory suggested that the word “angklung” was formed from two Balinese words – angka and lungAngka means “tone”, and lung means “broken” or “lost”. Angklung thus means an “incomplete tone”.

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