A bonang is a traditional gamelan instrument: a set of small kettle gongs tuned to a five note scale. The Electric Bonang comprises a set of these gongs that I have picked up from antique markets in Java over the years, augmented with an array of sensors, actuators, and lights. It forms the centrepiece of the Augmented Gamelan ensemble, and I have also been using it in my attempts to develop less traditionally-oriented improvisations.

In recent performances I have been using lights as an integral part of the instrument – triggering sounds through light sensors, and creating light-based feedback loops.


The electric bonang was recently used by composer Finola Merivale in her piece Nangtric: https://soundcloud.com/finolamerivale/nangtric.