What is gamelan?

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There are many different sets of  instruments originating in different parts of Indonesia with different styles of music associated with them; however, they generally share the same basic instrument types and musical structures.

A gamelan ensemble can consist of between about 5 and 25 instruments and players. The instruments are tuned to four, five or seven tone scales, and are frequently elaborately carved and painted, making them very striking to look at.

Hammer and Bronze focusses on gamelan from the island of Java.