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Brian Baumbusch: Music

Pantulan

(The Lightbulb Ensemble)
July 22, 2013
Composed by Wayne Vitale

This is a recording of the first movement of Pantulan, by Wayne Vitale, performed by the Lightbulb Ensemble, an octet of percussionist-composers based in Oakland, CA. It was recorded at the Lightbulb Garden on July 22, 2013.

The title, which means “echo” or “reflection” in Indonesian, refers to the process of offsetting parts on like instruments, as if played in an echo chamber or through a digital delay. The piece is an exploration of the resulting interrelationships between these offset parts, as well as the overall texture of the resulting sound.

Pantulan is written for a small ensemble of Balinese instruments: 4 pemade, 2 jublag, gong, kempur, kajar, and kempli.