Lionís Eye /
Pauline Oliveros- composer
Berkeley Gamelan Ensemble- all
A 9-piece gamelan ensemble with ďexpanded rangeĒ
describes the BGE, or at least the BGE as you hear it here. BGE member
Carter Scholz also plays a computer sampler (not part of the trad BGE
lineup) which allows notes to be sustained for long periods of time or
at a phenomenally fast rate (up to 1600 beats per minute). Despite all
this prefacing, this is not as radical-sounding as you might expect It
sounds clearly different from traditional Indonesian gamelan music, but
not jarringly so. The parts that arenít field recording material, which
is to say all of it, grow organically out of the Javanese gamelan
tradition. Iím very familiar with Oliverosí history, but if Iíd heard
this in a blindfold contest Iíd have never guessed it was her. I say
this as a compliment. She continues to surprise me in the best ways.
This is a marvelously odd and entrancing work.