Compositions by Bill Alves

Information about Imbal-imbalan

Javanese Gamelan.

Duration: c. 9:00

Imbal-imbalan is the Javanese term for interlocking parts, a technique in which a melody is created by the alternation between two or more instruments. Here those parts are polyrhythmic on many levels, creating a texture that does not really resemble traditional Javanese music (though sometimes such complex patterns are used in the neighboring island of Bali). In fact, beyond the instruments and scales, there is little to connect this piece to Javanese music, beyond a more ineffable inspiration that the pattern-based music of the region has given to me.

Recording: Here is an excerpt from the premiere performance by the Harvey Mudd American Gamelan. (mpg format)

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