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Hello there, this here is my entry to NG's RAC 7.
DAW: FL Studio 10.
Instruments (VSTs/samples) used: Flute and violins (Sytrus), piano (FL Keys), acoustic guitar (Plucked String 4), gamelans (bonang barung, kempul, peking, saron).
Samples of the gamelans can be found here: http://www.marsudiraras.o rg/gamelan/
I'm representing my own country, which is Malaysia. When I made this piece, I didn't have anything planned for it (as in, I didn't expect it to evoke anything), like I do with most of my work. Listening back to it, it kinda reminds me of taking a stroll in the woods/a village of some sort. IT SOUNDS RELAXING OKAY I DON'T KNOW HOW TO DESCRIBE IT
I rarely listen to my country's traditional (and modern) music, mainly because I'm a city boy (trololol), traditional musicians are nowhere to be found (besides at government-funded cultural events), and the modern stuff is full of the same faces from 30 years ago .
From what I've gathered in my research in making a piece in the traditional sense that I hardly knew, Malayan folk music originates from the Kelantan-Pattani region, which draws influence from India, China and Indonesia. Most of the music is based around percussion instruments, mainly the gendang (a type of drum), gamelan, seruling (flute), and in some parts, strings such as violins and acoustic guitars are used. Back then, this music is used for story-telling (shadow puppets, theater, and such), celebrating life-cycle events such as births, marriages and the like, and for the natives, during times like harvest. At some point, it was even used as a form of long-distance communication.
The people from Kelantan and Terengganu use this music differently from the West Coast of Malaya, which is for the martial art of silat Melayu. It is a mix of martial arts, dance and music accompanied by gongs, drums and Indian oboes.
The natives of the Malay Peninsula, on the other hand, played in small ensembles called kertok, which performed swift and rhythmic music using xylophones, which may have led to the development of dikir barat. In recent years, the Malaysian government has promoted this Kelantanese music form as a national cultural icon.
Source of the block of text? Wikipedia. *giggle*