Electric Junkyard Gamelan
is the brainchild of bandleader and composer Terry Dame
, and fuses Dame's passions of composing, inventing and building. Originally inspired by traditional Gamelan music from Bali
, the group recycles and repurposes everyday objects into musical instruments
. While some of their songs do indeed resemble the hypnotic percussive melodies of a Balinese/Javanese gamelan orchestra (The Nutbutter Challenge
), other tunes strike out into new, distinctly urban American directions (Ode to Fred Beans
). Following the band's motto, "Reuse, Recycle and ROCK
," instruments are fashioned from coat hangers and rubber bands, bed frames, old farm equipment, turntable platters, clay pots, saw blades and truck springs. The "Big Barp
" rubber-band harp makes a particularly unusual sound.
Watching the band play is a fundamental part of enjoying their music:
Brooklyn Independent Television interviewed the band
, with lots of great description about how they play; there's another great interview
(with lots of great music) with David Garland on WNYC's Spinning on Air (where I first heard of the band). You can find photos of the band on Flickr
to get a closer look at their instruments.
Electric Junkyard Gamelan has three albums
(Life on Marz
, Live from HERE
, and the self-titled Electric Junkyard Gamelan
Live in New York? They're performing tonight at Joe's Pub
Sources for the descriptions in the main part of this post: EJG's about the band page, this post on Music for Maniacs, and yesterday's epsiode description at Spinning On Air.