Fallen in love with the beauty of Malay traditional instruments..

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As my ancestor have adopted to this peaceful of land, and they had mixed with Malay customs,language,lifestyle with the same religion,Islam.. until now we've become "bumiputera"of Malaysia..and today, i would like to share some information about few of Malay traditional instruments whereby Malays usually use music to accompany dances, plays and ceremonies.
The number of musicians and musical instruments vary, depend ing on the purpose of the purpose of the performance.

Percussion instruments are the largest and most important instruments in Malay traditional music. They can be divided into two main sections - tuned and untuned instruments.
Tuned instruments can be divided into two types - instruments which have a basic structure of a set of different sized gongs and instruments which resemb le the xylophone.

These two types of instruments are classified as idiophones, in which sound is produced as a result of the vibrations made by the instruments itself. There are also idiophones which are classified as untuned e.g. cing, a type of cymbal.

On the other hand, untuned instruments are made up of drums which come in different sizes and shapes, and are classified as membranophones. Membranophones are instruments which produce sound as a result of the vibration of skin which is mounted on the frame of the drum.

Actually, the classification of idiophones and membranophones is not very important because it is only a classification of the instrument structure.

For a normal listener, the classification based on the sound which is heard when an instrument is played is more relevant. Therefore, we will use the classification of tuned and untuned instruments.

  • The serunai is a reed wind instrument. The instrument is hand-carved, and is usually highly ornamented with intricate detailing and painting. Much like western reed instruments, the serunai is made in varying lengths which affect its register. In western musical terminology, these might be called "soprano," "tenor," or "alto."
  • In Malay, the instrument is referred to as anak (i.e. small or child), or ibu (i.e. large or parent). The design of the serunai reed is similar to that used in the bassoon or English horn. The serunai is played using a technique known a "circle breathing" or "cycle breathing." In this technique air is drawn in through the nose as it is simultaneously blown through the instrument. The resulting sound is constant note or drone.

  • The gambus is much like the "lute." Its twelve strings (six pairs of two) are plucked with a plectrum or "pick." Unlike western instruments such as the mandolin, the gambus has no frets. The gambus appears to have evolved from Arabic instruments in appearance, tuning and performance style.

  • The anklung is made from bamboo. The hollow bamboo resonates when struck and the length of the bamboo determines its pitch or frequency.
  • The anklung is comprised of two bamboo resonators which are tuned to complimentary notes. Small disks of bamboo are fixed to strike the bamboo resonators. To play the instrument it is shaken, sometimes rapidly or it short bursts.
  • The anklung is made in many different sizes and can therefore produce many tones. Often many musicians will perform using dozens of anklungs in manner similar to western "hand-bell choirs."

  • The geduk is covered by a skin or head on both ends of the hollow wooden cylinder. It is played by striking it with mallets. The geduk is played in pairs with a larger ibu and a smaller anak.

  • The gendung is covered by a skin or head on both ends of the hollow wooden cylinder.
  • One end (the ibu) is covered by calfskin, is slightly larger in diameter, and is tuned somewhat lower. The other end (the anak) is covered by goatskin, is slightly smaller in diameter, and is tuned a bit higher.
  • The drum is placed across the seated player's lap and is played by slapping the two ends with the hands. The gendung can produce many different sounds depending on how hard it is struck, where on the head it is struck (e.g. near the rim, versus at the center), and whether it is allowed to resonate or muted with the hand.
  • The kompang is approximately sixteen inches in diameter and covered by a skin or head on one side.
  • It is a very shallow instrument and is played by holding the kompang in one hand while slapping the head with the other hand. It is played is manner somewhat similar to the tambourine.

  • The rebana is covered by a skin or head on one side. The rebana ranges in size from approximately two feet in diameter, up to several feet in diameter.
  • It is usually played with mallets with the performer seated and the rebana placed on the ground. Some very large ceremonial rebanas are played while standing.

Do you know them?????

is Malaysia’s first neo-ethnic d
uo comprising of flutist Muhardiman Ismail (Mohar) who plays the Malay traditional bamboo, "seruling", and percussionist Ramli Hamid (Ramli Rebana) who plays the "rebana". These two instruments are the core for Malay roots music. Their music is brilliantly composed with contemporary musical instruments, and this has created a new realm of music for the soul.

These two talented musicians first came into the limelight with a performance on stage at the Malaysian International Arts Theatre (Istana Budaya). Masters in their own rights on the seruling and rebana, their music and first album entitled "Mohram - Journey of the Soul" touched the hearts of the people.

Each song from Mohram is powerful yet pure and gentle with soothing and original sounds of the Nusantara (Malay Archipelago). Mohram’s music has taken them widely to cities like Jeddah, Mecca, Copenhagen, Hollywood-Los Angeles and Doha and countries like Qatar, Kuwait, Dubai and Japan.
During the 9th World Championship of Performing Arts 2005 in Hollywood, Mohram emerged winner as "Overall Champion of the World 2005" the following categories:-
Instrumental (duo/trio),
Instrumental Ethnics,(Silver medalist) and Instrumental Original Works. 2005 witnessed Mohram”s first concert in Tokyo Japan at the Shinagawa Curian hall entitled "Asian heart beat-Mohram in Japan". Mohram has successfully attracted the biggest “niche” crowd and is slowly attracting more fans and admirers.

here you go!!
just Download
these beautiful Malay instrumental and let you feel them::::::

Malay-hari ribut.mp3


Malay-inang kampung.mp3

Malay-rancak bertemu.mp3

Malay-nasib panjang.mp3

give ur comment on them?? good to listen??