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Gamelan Oneirum “The spectacle of the Balinese theater, which draws upon dance, song, pantomime – and a little of the Theater as we understand it in the Occident – restores the theater... to its original destiny, which it preserves as a combination of all these elements, fused together in a perspective of hallucination and fear.” — Antonin Artaud

Gamelan is a performative combination of music, shadow-play, puppetry and folklore, endemic to Java and Bali. The non-linearity of the music, its anti-teleological developments and dissonant harmonies and timbres were a source of inspiration to Western composers and artists when they first encountered it – a radically different thing from the stolid confines of Classical music. The event wasn’t focused on composition but the actuality of performance; here, an immersive piece of art that didn’t try to explain, moralize, or dazzle, but to immerse one into another mood, to suggest things to the spectator’s subconscious.

Gamelan performances originally took place at night, in the woods beside a village, performed by an orchestra of uniquely tuned instruments. The music’s cyclical structure, or colotomy, played on shifting tempos that opened up to revealed layers of nested intervals: a notion of time that binds the music to the cyclical calendar structure, where the experience of time, in music and life, can shrink and expand 74

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Syros International Film Festival (SIFF) catalog 2017  

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