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Contemporary Approaches to the Study of Indonesian Music

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Old Teachers College (A22)

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The University of Sydney, NSW 2006

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Making Connections and The University of Sydney Southeast Asia Centre present:

ETHNOMUSICOLOGY REVISITED: Contemporary Approaches to the Study of Indonesian Music
A seminar exploring traditional music and instrument-building techniques in contemporary Java, Indonesia.

Join us to discover the bundengan, a rare, unique and unusual instrument from the mountains of Wonosobo, Central Java. Lively and engaging presentations revisit concepts of ethnomusicology in contemporary Indonesia. This seminar will introduce the bundengan, an instrument varyingly described as “a musical cape”, “the poor man’s gamelan”, and “a bamboo prepared piano”. Participants are invited to join an interactive demonstration of bundengan music and instrument-building techniques.

This seminar explores the shape of 21st century ethnomusicology in Indonesia, with presentations and workshops from a diverse group of individuals whose professional and personal passion for Indonesian music and culture utilises a wide range of technologies from social media to physics engineering, in order to research, promote and celebrate a rare musical instrument: the bundengan.

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SEMINAR PROGRAMME

Exploring the Aural Archipelago – Palmer Keen, independent ethnomusicologist, auralarchipelago.com

Applied Ethnomusicology: The Organology of Bundengan – Sa’id Abdulloh, Indonesian Institute of the Arts (ISI Solo)

Towards Bundengan 2.0 – Dr Indraswari Kusumaningtyas and Dr Gea Parikesit, Faculty of Engineering, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta

Building Bundengan – An interactive demonstration of Bundengan instrument-building presented by Sa’id Abdulloh, Luqmanul Chakim, ISI Solo, and Mulyani, Head of Ngesti Laras Foundation, Wonosobo.

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This seminar is part of the Making Connections festival of events in Sydney and Melbourne.

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PARTNERS + COLLABORATORS

We gratefully acknowledge the support of our principal partner the Helen Soemardjo Arts Fund and our co-organisers, partners and collaborators.

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