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What’s New

A new year, new chances – ‘Devachan’ by Gong Tirta

New work by Gong Tirta: part 1 and 2 of ‘Devachan’, composed by Renadi. For the integral studio version of ‘Devachan Ascension’ go to the Bangkirai X album on the ‘Listen & Download’ page.

‘Stretch’ in new form!

Work in progress: ‘Stretch’ was originally part of the improvisation piece ‘Stretch my Timeline’. Here it is ‘stretched’ into a piece of its own.

Cancellation of concert Gong Tirta in January 2022

Due to the recent lockdown regulations we decided to cancel the house concert planned on 29th/30th of January 2022. We currently plan to be part of the Gamelanhuis’ 25th anniversary which will probably consist of a series of events during April-June. We are very eager to share with you all our new repertoire with pieces like Mañana, Kacang Lupa, Devachan, Merdeka Bellz and Stretched. Keep safe, healthy and happy and join us then!

Gong Tirta: Kacang Lupa

Composed by Jessica Polak, ‘Kacang Lupa’ – though very much Westernized – is a reminder of our roots in Balinese gamelan.

Gong Tirta new piece: Mañana

Sounds from the Past#1

A new page to this site has been added. A new page, but the content might be already welknown to some of you.

Aorta and Kieselguhr, two bands from the past, are hereby presented once again. Click here.

” … poetic and crashing… impressive with expression… rich with meaning, relevance and significance.”

” ..Todas tienen ese sello de misterio que guardan las improvisaciones..”

“.. the drums of ‘Kiezelguhr Dance’ were powerful and compelling… inclusive and intrusive..”

“.. Stunning!”

Gong Tirta Rehearsal Time #1

Rehearsing during Corona is restricted, but Gong Tirta keeps working on new material.

Future releases

Future Bandcamp releases:

Re-mastered release of ‘Santoso Sings’, an album with classical Indonesian songs from the pre-, inter- and post Merdeka eras. Sung by the late Adi Santoso. Production has been delayed.

Later in 2021 expected release of re-mastered versions of the albums ‘Contemporary Gamelan’ by aWàs! and ‘Tales of Two Continents’, the first album by Gong Tirta. 

Also in the pipeline: release of the second album by Eté Parfait: ‘De Prinses, der Rebbe & le Renard’.

Composition for Poppenspeelmuseum

01-01-2021 – Composition on Commission

Between september and december 2020 I was writing, recording and producing a new piece on commission of the Poppenspelmuseum in Vorchten (NL). The composition is for their in-house barrel organ together with their (also in-house) Javanese gamelan set (acquired from the former museum Nusantara in Delft) and is intended for the educational project ‘De Cium van Katrijn’ for the visually impaired, in which the Javanese Punakawan are matched with Dutch Jan Klaassen and Katrijn. It’s part of a collection of media around a funny confrontation between Katrijn and the Punakawan. Media used include smell, tactile, visual and audio. 

The story was written by Otto van der Mieden, director/curator of the museum and an experienced puppeteer himself, and it sports a plethora of  Indonesian words that are stock-and store of the petjok language of the “Indo’s’, the group of people with (mixed) roots in Indonesia or the Dutch East-Indies, and is subtitled ‘Een Nederlands-Indisch poppentheaterboek’. If and when Corona allows it, a live performance of my piece might be expected at the Vorchten Poppenspelmuseum. Watch the puppets, and listen to my music in this video here.

Release first album by Bangkirai X

RELEASE OF NEW ALBUM on BangkiraiMusicPro:

‘Every Day a Trance at Camp Corona’ by BANGKIRAI X.

Release date October 11th 2020.

Indeed, if you were looking for inspiration in these unsettling Corona times, you should not miss this album. The track ‘Trance Morphations’ covers THE theme of our current lives.

But the whole album is of interest to those with a mind for music that is a bit ‘off the road’.

Call it Gamelan Progrock, mixed with Trance and Chillout, Fusion and some avantgarde.

Here’s the link to the album:

If you think the music has serious ‘added value’, you are warmly welcomed to purchase it on Bandcamp. Please leave comments, reviews etc. 
Highly appreciated!

The track ‘Trance Morphations’ on the album sports a deeply edited version of the ‘Corona Lyrics Creations Open Project’ lyric which you still can find here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZj8DB_5WdE&t=13s