Ask any Indonesian government official what they think has made the biggest cultural impact in the world outside, and they’ll probably answer nasi goreng and/or sambal. After all, every embassy was issued with a recipe for Indonesian fried rice a few years ago.
If you ask any non-Indonesian and the answer could well be gamelan. About a year ago I posted a selection of tracks from western artists which certainly had gamelan echoes in the instruments banged and/or similar melodic meditative qualities. The link to them is here
If you weren’t convinced by those, then please try these.
01. David Byrne – Black Flag
02. David Sylvian – Words With the Shaman – Part 3
03. Lights In A Fat City – ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZP!
04. Don Cherry – Brown Rice
05. Bugge Wesseltoft – Mamullah
06. Hanne Hukkelberg – The Bigger Me
07. Maria João & Mário Laginha – Rafael
08. Marilyn Mazur – Back To Dreamfog Mountain
09. Phil Yost – The Day Those Free-Balloon Races Passed Over Candy-Warp Crossings
10. The Cellar and Point – Ambit
While that’s downloading, how about some Pat Metheny?
Quote: Pat Metheny’s Imaginary Day takes ideas from gamelan music, mostly in the inclusion of Indonesian wind instruments and the construction of the B section. You can also hear gamelan influence in the way the accompaniment (specifically the bass) is orchestrated as well as in the rhythmic hits and the beginning of the track and towards the end of sections.