You need a 1.5 ton gamelan, and I know where you can get it


22 Responses to “You need a 1.5 ton gamelan, and I know where you can get it”

  1. Gavin Smith says:

    The Evergreen State College!

  2. hugh crawford says:

    When I was at CalArts they had two gamelan ensembles ( what’s the plural of gamelan ? Is it a noun or an adjective? 
    Anyway they had two of them in use 24/7 and it made me thankful no one could hear the kids learning how to use the Buchlas. I’m always surprised there aren’t any “bang along” jokes in Pixar movies. Maybe they need a third one?

  3. Boundegar says:

    Living in Washington, why doesn’t he ask around the Indonesian embassy?  Probably more interest in gamelans there than most places in America.

    I would take it myself, but my apartment is small.

    • Gyrofrog says:

      The embassy hosted gamelan concerts at one point, though I haven’t checked in a while.

      The Joss website says it (or the place where they receive mail) is a few miles from my home.  I have a basement full of unused instruments, and I promised my wife I’d re-do the floor down there, so I’m kind of on the fence about this one.

      EDIT: Sad thing is that there may have been room to spare for the giant Humpty Hump head.

    • johanvz says:

      IIRC, on occasion, Jon has played (gamelans) at the Indonesian embassy in D.C., so i would assume that possibility didn’t work out if we’re reading this.

  4. Steve Baldwin says:

    Cory, before I read this I wasn’t in the market for a gamelan. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I have actually played on this Emory Gamelan, in the picture. I know a handful of individuals and universities who would be interested in this orchestra.

  6. ChuckTV says:

    Why is this post tagged TIBET?

  7. zuludaddy says:

    Wesleyan (in CT, to forestall any potential confusion) has a gamelan hall built to house its own, and a great world music program, to boot…

  8. Teresa Nielsen Hayden says:

    Time is a factor. Jon was the Resident Researcher at the Joss Institute, so he’s lost both home and job. 

  9. Bloo says:

    Florida State University has a gamelan, maybe they want a spare…

    E-mail of the professor in charge of the gamelan ensemble:

    Em Bee A Kay A Enn AT Eff Ess You Dot Eee Dee Ewe

  10. kaiido says:

    What about cloud storage? Can’t this Gamelan be disassembled?

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      If you don’t have room to store a gamelan, how on earth will you have room to store a cloud? Those things are huge.

  11. bingobangoboy says:

    The Dutch usually just melted them down & carried off the bronze.  Increases gamelan portability by over 250%, at a negligible cost to one’s immortal soul.  Highly recommended!

  12. Gamelatron is the best home for this collection.  Let it live through Taylor’s work.  I’ve seen his installations, executed without pretense, pure music.  Let this collection travel.  Let Taylor be the shepherd.  He can carry this burden lightly to audiences not seen within four walls.  Let this collection fly!  It’s what the original smiths would have barely been able to dream of.  Metal on wings of inspiration.  Played by ghosts perhaps.  But shedding their human summoners, these gongs can reach new ears few could have dreamed of reaching.

  13. Beanolini says:

    Here in NE England, there’s a gamelan in a university museum, one in a concert hall, one owned by a county music education service (for loan to schools), and one owned by a community association and/or school, (used for school classes, community groups, and management training).

    Surely there’s a similar organisation in the Washington DC area that would like this one?

  14. SomeGuyNamedMark says:

    The MIT Gamelan Galak Tika might be interested.

  15. tonysteve says:

    We would love to put it to use at Jacksonville University in Florida.
    Email me at

    The gamelan would have a loving home until you wish it to be returned.

    All the best.


  16. Dana Carson says:

    UMBC has had a gamelan ensemble for the last 30 years and they are right down the road. Gina Beck is the director

  17. TFox says:

    Hollywood is far away, but the Emil Richards percussion collection might be able to absorb it and put it to good use. Lots of those instruments get used in films.

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