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The bamboo organ Angklung

The  bamboo instrument "Angklung" is a very interesting instrument which can be best described as a "shaking organ". Hung in a stand, each pitch or tone is presented by a system of two movable bamboo tubes which rattle and clapper against the binding when the player shakes it by holding it in the middle.

Existing in Indonesia and the Philippines, normally big groups of players gather in an ensemble, holding at least one or two in the hand and waiting for their time to shake it. This ensemble performance requires a lot of practise, and sometimes even complete villages play for each other in competitions.

This model is a smaller example of sets which can range up to systems containing bamboo tubes up to one and a half meter long.

Pictures (click to enlarge):


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