After two weeks of Gamelan sessions at the RCS within Practical Musicianship I’m beginning to become very interested in the cultural and musical world where it is from. Playing on instruments this week, the layers of texture, polyrhythm and melody were incredibly vivid for what I at first thought might be quite boring. The diversity is also apparent and with everyone able to play each instrument, the social and performance aspect of Gamelan is fascinating.
With what we’re learning in Rhythm Theory, both these sessions are changing the way I think about rhythms, loops and texture. I’m looking forward to how both these progress, particularly the latter as I was very keen when electing the module to learn more about the notation of more complex rhythms to be read more easily, as well as ideas or techniques for using different notation and how practical they are when trying to compose for classical instruments and performers.