The Ghanaian Gyl Xylophone and The Gambang Bali; A Comparative Study The Instruments and Tuning Systems

The Ghanaian Gyl Xylophone and The Gambang Bali; A Comparative Study The Instruments and Tuning Systems

Kiriman : I Made Kartawan, S.Sn., M.Si., M.A (Dosen PS Karawitan ISI Denpasar)

Abstract

This paper explores the gyil xylophone of Ghana and the gambang xylophone of Bali, Indonesia through comparison of instrument construction and tuning systems. It also examines two different cultures through organology approach. Most importantly, the comparison is made in light of indigenous conceptualizations.

Purpose of Paper

This paper explores the gyil xylophone of Ghana and the gambang xylophone of Bali, Indonesia through comparison of instrument construction and tuning systems. Mostimportantly, the comparison is made inlight of indigenous conceptualizations. Two different culture of Gyil and Gambang The similarities of the gyil and gambang are interesting phenomena to examine because they have similar form, are from different places, and different cultures. However, when comparing gyil and gambang instruments we must consider cultural issues becuase occaisonally shared cultural practices have led to strikingly similar instrument features. I believe that local knowledge is an important element in any communityand plays an role in determining people’s behavior. For example, when local knowledge is unique to onecommunity, other communities will have different behavior stemming from their different local knowledge. For this reason I believe it is important to consider local knowledge in a comparison of these instruments.

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