Gamelan: orchestras, styles, locations, tracknames, artistnames, releaseartist

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Gamelan is one of the great musics of the world.
But it is a cataloguers nightmare.
A very current example is

It is not agreed who many of the trackartists are.
The coverart can be interpreted multiple ways.

Interpretation 1. (my best guess)
Rear coverart shows:
In top section:
tracknumber, gamelan style: work name, tracktime
In lower section:
trackartist=geographic location of artist

Interpretation 2. (as I understand it)
Rear coverart shows:
In top section:
tracknumber, gamelan style: work name, tracktime
In lower section:
trackartist or “gamelan style”=geographic location of artist

Interpretation 1. results in specific trackartists for all tracks.
Interpretation 2. results in a mix of specific trackartists and [unknown] for the tracks.

jesus2099, and anyone else suitably literate, would you be good enough to read the description under “face A” on the following coverart.
My suspicion is that it may indicate that the names of styles of gamelan originate with the names of specific gamelan orchestras and are in some contexts synonymous with the physical orchestra. Or to put it the other way the orchestras name can function as a style name.
Does this cover art have any bearing on this?

Input from everyone is invited.

No vote on edit for following documentation

I love this music. If sorting out its metadata doesn’t thrill you just have a look/listen at this instead. Multiple instruments start at 23:20 mm:ss


IMO there should be more than one marionettist. :wink:


From what I see the tracklist has identifiers in a “names of performer” section.
This would qualify as the MB artist in ways that parallel the situation with the “name of artist on release” vs “real name of artist”.

As I understand things we use the available info as on the Release to extract metadata from.
Whilst the track artists names as detailed on the coverart do have issues, the names provided are nonetheless superior for MB purposes to [unknown].


Hello there! I see you’re interested in Gamelan!
Now that we have Ensembles, I would love to add the individual instruments to gamelan. However, there are a lot and, I would really appreciate it if people who know about gamelan could add tickets for the individual instruments not already present in mb --> (add as subtickets is fine)

Also, any more info than what is written in WP or even links to sites explaining stuff are welcome!