Old-Fashioned Angklung

Old-Fashioned Angklung

Our Old-Fashioned Angklung set is characterised both by its age (estimated to be from the 1800s) as well as its old-fashioned instrumentation (hence the name: kuna = old fashioned). Uniquely the casings seemed to have been carved by different individuals of one community – as each motif and carving style is different – which is typical of the era before mass production of gamelan instruments in the 20th century.

The instruments were re-tuned by our founder Vaughan and augmented with a number of additional instruments with mostly bamboo instruments that were documented by Colin McPhee in the 1930s in east Balinese villages, including bamboo rattles called abunjing (aka Angklung kocok), cungklik, gerantang and various sizes of bronze cymbals. Vaughan is currently having a terompong beruk (a terompong with slab keys made from coconut wood known as uyung and hung over resonators crafted from dried coconut shells (beruk) which have been cut in half.

Currently this is the only place in the world where you can hear this type of ensemble in its entirety after being reconstructed in 2015, around 70 years since it was first documented.

We have also made the first recording ever of this ensemble type. Listen to this set on these platforms:

Apple Music




Watch this set on our YouTube channel.

Other Collections

In 2019, we restored and reconstructed a very unusal Angklung set from Lombok we have called ‘Semara Kirang’ because of its tuning, where it has four sweet tones with the lowest one missing.
Purchased in 2012, our first Selonding set is modelled on the Bugbug formation but with additional instruments found in the set from Merajan Selonding in the Besakih Temple complex that dates back to around the 10th century.
The Seven-tone Semara Pagulingan set in New Zealand also partly old but has a higher tuning than our one in Bali. The ensemble is both smaller in instrumentation as well as dimensions of the keys, pots and casings.
Our Six-tone Semara Pagulingan is not yet complete, as we still need to fundraise more to make the ornate wooden casings, the design of which we would like to base on the only other Six-tone Semara Pagulingan orchestra in the world.
In mediaeval Bali (circa 1600-1906) Semara Pagulingan (also known as Semar Pegulingan) was an important part of the Balinese courts.
Five-tone Semar Pegulingan
Our five-tone Semara Pagulingan set is our antique Semara Patangian set with a terompong, ponggang-kempyung, kangsi and grantang added, and the gender rambat removed.
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