Something other than tubular bells plz
April 18, 2011 5:14 PM   Subscribe

What's the chime-y instrumental background music at ~1:35 of this clip from the No Reservations Thailand episode?

Alternately, similar stuff would be great too.
posted by juv3nal to Media & Arts (8 answers total)
The instrument is, I believe, a gamelan. Doing a search on YouTube nets a ton of similar stuff.
posted by Sys Rq at 5:21 PM on April 18, 2011

Sounds like a gamelan. That might help your search.
posted by kuujjuarapik at 5:21 PM on April 18, 2011

I don't know the specific instrument, but 'gamelan' refers to gong-like instruments from that part of the world.
posted by geegollygosh at 5:22 PM on April 18, 2011

Ah! So that's what a gamelan is. That helps to find similar stuff, but if anyone has an idea about the exact piece in the clip, it would still be appreciated.
posted by juv3nal at 5:29 PM on April 18, 2011

I think it's likely your instrument is a khong mon wong yai (the simicircular thing), or a khong wong yai (bass gong circle) which you can hear in background here.
posted by nangar at 7:58 PM on April 18, 2011

Have you seen The Year of Living Dangerously? Based on the video you linked to, I'm convinced you'd love it. That video is almost a reincarnation of the movie, albeit TYoLD is about events that took place in a different time and location. Features a lot of gamelan music with bonus wayang puppets, and an Oscar winning performance from the amazing Linda Hunt. (Ebert's review).
posted by marsha56 at 8:50 PM on April 18, 2011 [1 favorite]

The Akira soundtrack has a lot of gamelan in it.
posted by empath at 7:28 AM on April 19, 2011

I always thought a gamelan was an instrument, but wikipedia says it's an ensemble. The more you know (ting!).
posted by kuujjuarapik at 3:31 PM on April 19, 2011

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