An analysis on gamelan theatre: Selected pieces from Arus Gangsa / Khoo Wan Ru

Khoo , Wan Ru (2018) An analysis on gamelan theatre: Selected pieces from Arus Gangsa / Khoo Wan Ru. Masters thesis, University of Malaya.

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      This research focuses on analysis of gamelan theatre produced by Rhythm in Bronze (RIB) in year 2014. As one of the leading gamelan ensemble in Malaysia, RIB is exploring on contemporary gamelan music and performances. Since year 2005, they had been experimenting with gamelan theatre and had showcased many performances on gamelan music and theatre, such as in Monkey Business (2005), Alih PungGONG (2007), MaYa:Gong Illusion (2011) and Arus Gangsa (2014) concerts. Qualitative method was employed; interviews and virtual fieldwork were carried out for data collection. Virtual fieldwork was done through selected recordings of performances from Arus Gangsa concert. Pieces were analyzed and discussed in order to comprehend the musical structure of gamelan theatre. Research looked into two inseparable aspects of gamelan theatre, which are the music and theatrical elements of the performance. Aspects of analysis include music and extra musical elements. Analysis on music focused on the musical structure, melody, instrumentation, timbre, dynamic and extended techniques while analysis on extra musical elements focused on the stage presentation, playing gesture and costume.

      Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
      Additional Information: Dissertation (M.A.) – Cultural Centre, University of Malaya, 2018.
      Uncontrolled Keywords: Gamelan theatre; Arus Gangsa; Gamelan music; Musical elements
      Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
      M Music and Books on Music > MT Musical instruction and study
      Divisions: Cultural Centre
      Depositing User: Mr Mohd Safri Tahir
      Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2018 12:46
      Last Modified: 25 Feb 2021 08:13

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