Thursday, August 20, 2020

Dancers of Bali [ML 4618] an LP recorded and released in the US in 1952

Here is a live recording of the Gamelan Orchestra of the village of Pilatan, Indonesia. The sound quality is quite amazing for 1952.

The liner notes were written by well-known composer Colin McPhee who spent many years studying the music of Bali and incorporating it into his works.

Side one:
A1 Overture - Kapi Radja (Melody From North Bali)
A2 Angklungan
A3 Tumulilingan (Bumblebees Sip Honey)
A4 Baris

Side two:
B1 Gambangan (Ancient Melody)
B2 Kebyar
B3 Gender Wayang; Angkat - Angkatan (Music For A Shadow Play) Legong
B4a Lagu Chondong
B4b Pengipuk
B4c Garuda


Design – Meyers*, Monogram (2)
Directed By [Gamelan] – Anak Agung Gde Mandera
Gamelan – Gamelan Orchestra from the Village of Pliatan, Bali, Indonesia*
Producer – John Coast
Sleeve Notes – Colin McPhee

Equipment used in transfer: 

Preparation: Ultrasonic cleaning for 20 minutes in pure clean water.
Turntable: Audio-technica AT-LP-1240
Cartridge: ATmono3LP
Pre-amplification: Vintage refurbished Pioneer SX-780.
Recorder: Sony PCM-M10 at 24bit/96kHz resolution
Software: AudacityClickRepair, and xAct


  1. Welcome Back Richard!! We miss your valuable posts!!

  2. Thank You for the care you take in making these LP transfers and your generosity in sharing the results with us! "The sound quality is quite amazing for 1952." Indeed!

  3. Thank you very much. I just found out about this site from your other site of Indian music. Exceptional post!

    The same leader of this gamelan group, Anak Agung Gde Mandera, performed in France in 1953.
    You can find French news footage promoting the event here:
    You can stream the concert here:

    Finally, here's a link to the VBR mp3s found on that site. There's a txt file included with the track information provided that gives some context to individual pieces.

    I hope you enjoy it. Thank you for your labors!

  4. Oh, and I forgot to mention you can find another recording from this same tour from the Ministry of Culture at the Nation of Luobaniya:
    disc 1:
    disc 2:
    Your blogpost contains the recording from New York, whereas bolingo's blog has the recording in England.

  5. thank u for this i think my wife's father saw and heard this tour
    thank u another user for reminding me of that wonderful nation