Kendang Kempul and Sumiati

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

My biggest encounter with Javanese Osing culture is when I met my best friend in the 80’s. He is Uwong Osing from Banyuwangi. Through him I learnt more about Javanese Osing culture that I dearly love but I knew only a little. We had various discussions, starting from Sumiati, the kendhang kempul artist to the Osing dance (Tari Gandhrung) that we…

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PJ Harvey - Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea

Friday, May 09, 2008

From the entire album that PJ Harvey made, I choose Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea as my top list.

She opens the repertoar with crescendo of Big Exit and each of the next composition was built to strengthen the album. This is really well-thought lay out and I can’t stop admiring it.

For me, PJ’ s strongest…

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X&Y - Coldplay

Friday, May 09, 2008

Have you ever feel to cry with joy everytime you listened to particular songs? Your spirit lifted by positive vibration, want to scream but at the same time feeling life is so fulfiling. Well, this is what I feel everytime I listen to X&Y Coldplay.

Jonny Buckland, Guy Berryman, Chris Martin, and Will Champion works are really solid in this album. First time…

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Series: Music That Influence Me

Friday, May 09, 2008

The hardest part for me being far away from technology is to reach the availability of music. Technology enables me to gain access to music easily. I have more than 10,000 casettes and CDs back then when music is still presented in that form. Thank you to technology, now that I can take, give, cary, edit, and send it easily into many different format within…

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Gendjer-gendjer Phenomena

Friday, April 11, 2008

There is one particular song in Indonesia that was banned by Suharto regime for more than 32 years. The song is called “Gendjer-Gendjer. ”  It is because the affiliation and referential with the fail- coup by Communist Party in Indonesia in the 60.

As a child when I grew up, we have to be careful to ask our parent why we cannot sing this song. …

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