The Jakarta Post
United Kingdom-based vinyl-led record label Hive Mind Records has collaborated with Indonesian music series project Javasounds for the March 6 release of a double black vinyl that highlights Jaipongan (traditional West Javanese folk dance).
Dubbed Jaipongan Music of West Java, the limited edition album was recorded at Jugala Studio in Bandung, West Java. The recording studio was owned by the late Sundanese composer-choreographer Gugum Gumbira, who created the musical performance genre as a form of musical rebellion following the government’s decision to prohibit rock and roll music in the 1970s.
Jaipongan Music of West Java features singer Idjah Hadidjah, whose voice graced the genre in the 1970s and 1980s.
The legendary voice of Java, Idjah Hadidjah, tracking vocals for Vol. 1 of @javasounds_recordings - Jaipongan Music of West Java. Out on @hivemindrecords next month along with reworks by electronic composers as a double LP. #idjahhadidjah #jaipongan #sunda #jaipongansunda
The album consists of 14 tracks plus one bonus track. They were originally recorded by United States-based musician-music producer Kai Riedl of Javasounds and the album also has rework versions that were done by international and local electronic composers, namely Bana Haffar, Bergsonist, Lightbath, Sarah Belle Reid, Signals Under Tests, Fahmi Mursyid, Kai Riedl & Suny Lyons and Ultrabillions.
Jaipongan Music of West Java is set as the first of 12 albums of Javasounds. The project originated in the late 2000s when Riedl, who is also a festival director and programmer, traveled across Java alongside US-based sound engineer Suny Lyons as part of their “recording trips”.
The trips brought them to experience something different with the Indonesian music scene; they met with a 30-member gamelan orchestra and recorded in nightclubs and bamboo huts.
The album can be preordered online with prices starting from £23 (US$29.86) for the vinyl and £9 for the digital version. (wir/kes)
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