Project: Recording and Archiving Traditional Music
Part of 'Musikaal studio's' initiative, in conjunction with
Yayasan Suara Dana, is to preserve traditional Balinese/
Indonesian music and culture.
(1) Recording the variety of traditional music at a village
(2) Researching the history of the music and related stories
along with the particular village ensemble
(3) Producing a library of good quality music in CD format
for the purpose of archiving the music and make it available
to Balinese traditional music enthusiasts.
Richard Kaal, through Musikaal Studio, aims to produce a library of
audio CDs combined with literature explaining the history
and stories associated with the music.
To fund this project,
he plans to make the recordings available for sale on the
internet and through distribution. He is also seeking
sponsors to help in this important project.
It is hoped that this site will generate an interest in
Balinese and Western musicians to further their study of the
music and become involved in the project.
Richard, an Australian musician/composer, moved to Bali
and has been recording a library of Balinese traditional music.
Travelling with his Protools/Mac mobile studio the high
recordings are a valuable archive of music.
THE FIRST RECORDINGS
The first recordings were done in 2004 on a portable Sony
TCM11 DAT recorder, with a mixer and some SM 58 mics at a
Angklung rehearsal in Sarinbuana. The power 220V
fluctuates quite a bit up the mountain so the recording
quality was unknown until they were heard back in the studio
There are a few extra considerations for a
recording engineer from Australia, for example, avoid stepping over an instrument, they are sacred. A
little difficult with so many instruments in such a small
area, trying to set up microphones etc.
Over the next couple
of reheasals 4 full DAT tapes were recorded and taken back
to the studio.
Since then he has recorded numerous Cds of high quality recordings of Traditional Balinese Music.
Click here to go to the recordings.