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Kemanak from the Javanese Gamelan Kyai Rengga Manis Everist

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NMM 9893 A. Kemanak in Laras Slendro "6." Two metal, slit gongs, shaped out of a thick sheet of bronze curled into a curved tube similar in shape to a banana, with an open slit along one side from end to end. Length: 33.3 cm. Mallet (tabuh) with red cord wrapped very close to one end creating a soft, springy, oval shape that comes in contact with the Kemanak.

NMM 9893 B. Kemanak in Laras Slendro "1." Length: 34.3 cm. Mallet (tabuh).

Function:  The kemanak is used primarily in ceremonial music. Its role is somewhat similar to the structure instruments such as kempiang/kethuk. Although its role is considered that of one instrument, two kemanaks are usually played together.

Playing technique:  Players hold the kemanak in one hand and strike it near the slit. The kemanak is then swung upward in an arcing motion while players press their thumbs against the opening, near the base, to mute the sound.

Go to Checklist of Musical Instruments from Kyai Rengga Manis Everist Gamelan

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Go to The Arrival of the Kyai Rengga Manis Everist Gamelan in Vermillion, July 15, 2000

Go to The Naming Ceremony for the Kyai Rengga Manis Everist Gamelan, April 26, 2003

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