The Largest Angklung Ensemble (Guinness Book of Record)

I love music and I am proud to be Indonesian. As a good citizen I should introduce my country to the world for good purpose, that my country loves peace. I am glad to be tourism ambassador for my country. This time I’ll share great news related with Indonesia traditional music. I’ll talk about angklung. I thought not all of us knew angklung. But from this music instrument can unify all the people from all over the world with a beautiful tone.

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Up close and personal with angklung

Angklung is traditional music instrument from bamboo. Bamboo itself is a tropical plant. Angklung is made of two bamboo tubes attached to a bamboo frames, the tube is different from the other. There are small and large tubes. Both of these tubes will produce sounds by shaken the tube body that collided with the frame. There are a few tones which can be produced from this musical instrument, like pelog, Slendro, Pentatonic and diatonic. But the Indonesian people should be proud to Daeng Soetigna who has introduced Angklung with a more general tone, like: Do Re Mi Fa So La Si Do, in 1938.

Actually this instrument was initially used for traditional ceremonies, such as the beginning of planting rice. But accordance with the development of arts, angklung also used for entertainment. Angklung is made from bamboo. But only two types of bamboo can be made angklung, they are black bamboo (awi wulung) and white bamboo (awi temen). We can easily find this musical instrument in the West java especially for Sundanese people.

Learning more about angklung

Angklung is actually easy to learn. Because this is a special musical instrument so we can’t play this alone, such as guitar and piano. But we have to play this instrument together with others to complement and create a beautiful harmony. There’s a place where we can learn about angklung. Saung Angklung Mang Udjo is a place where we can enjoy the Angklung music. There are many foreign tourists and local tourists who visit this place. Saung Angklung Mang Udjo is is an integrated learning centre, a place where we can see angklung performances, angklung production and how to learn angklung as well. Saung Angklung Mang Udjo is also well known as the center for education and angklung research, Sundanese art and culture. This place was built in 1966. No wonder that Saung Angklung Mang Udjo as a tourism destination for in learning about Sunda culture and as a world cultural heritage. There are special classes for three months each year, to study the Sundanese arts and know more about angklung. This class is also preferred tourist from America, France, Holland, Australia, Germany, etc.

Saung Mang Udjo

Look, how they love to play angklung!

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Millions people play angklung in Washington DC (Guinness Book of Record)

“Angklung goes to America”, Wow this is good news for Indonesia. I am proud to know that millions people know very well about angklung. I want you to know that Angklung was internationally recognized by UNESCO since 11 November last year. Angklung began to be known outside world, especially for Americans since Saturday, July 9, 2011, where 5.185 participants gathered to play angklung. This was so a great achievement for angklung history. The historical moment was held at the National Mall-Washington Monument, which is located across Capitol Hill (U.S. Congress House) and opposite the White House, the office and official residence of U.S. president .This event was a highlight of the Indonesia Festival which organized by Indonesia Embassy in Washington DC.

There’s an important figure at this event, he is Daeng Udjo. He is a the son of Angklung legend, Mang Udjo. This 46 years old man was accidentally imported specially from Indonesia to lead the record-breaking. He is also responsible for making 5117 Angklungs which was distributed to all participants. Daeng Udjo admitted that he spending about one and half months to produce thousands of Angklung in Bandung, West Java.

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Before the record-breaking event was done, about 30 minutes Daeng Udjo train thousands of players from the diverse of ages and races. The way to train is quite unique and practical. He is only use one hand as a sign. Earlier, thousands of angklung which were distributed to participants is already given special coded with hand pictures in a variety of formations.

For example: clenched hands for "Do" tone, lay hands for "Re" tone, thumbs up for "Mi" tone, and so on until the end of the tone. Therefore, the players just saw the hand formation which was given by Daeng Udjo who standing on the stage as high as approximately 1.5 meters. He acted as a conductor. So the participants more clearly see the hand of the conductor formations, the organizers placed two big screens on either side of the stage.


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''Bring in five thousand people simultaneously is not easy. I'm just waiting for a miracle to break the record,'' said Daeng Udjo before the event. To collect the thousands of people, Indonesian Embassy has opened registration for two months before the day of performance. However, those efforts look to be less effective. The committee said that up to one hour before the event started, the number of participants is only about 1,900 people. Whereas, the target set is about five thousand people. It also makes Daeng Udjo afraid that he can't break the world record.



Mang Udjo with certificate from Guinness World of Record

Angklung sound has become a magnet that attracted the attention of the masses. Once rehearsals conducted by playing ''Country Roads'' by John Denver and ''Home on the Range'' which is popularized Bing Crosby, thousands of additional people began to arrive. "We Are the World" is able to hypnotize the player and everything together in a harmony of beautiful tone. Finally, a new record qualified for the Guinness Book of Record as The Largest Angklung Orchestra Performance.

Now, angklung has become a medium of diplomacy. I believe the world so beautiful with music where the people play music instrument and singing together.

........................"Peace, no blood and no war".............................

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Shawn Scarborough 5 years ago from The Lone Star State

I had never heard of an angklung before reading this hub. Voted up and interesting.


marellen 5 years ago

Pra....I never heard of this instrument before and it seems to bring people together. Your country should be proud. Thank you for sharing this.


Polly 5 years ago

What a great hub! Was hoping all the way down I would get to hear it and a John Lennon song! Beautiful. Thumps up and GB Prasetio.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

You are always bringing us new and amazing information, pras. This hub on angklung is no exception. Thanks for taking the time to share this very interesting musical information and the amazing photos. Perhaps music will be the way to bring people together - in peace.

Rated up, my friend.


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi, Shawn Scarborough. Nice to see you here. I hope you enjoy Angklung as great music instrument. I really appreciate your vote. Take care!


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My friend, marellen. Thank you so much for your appreciation to angklung. Of course, my country really proud with this achievement. I hope you enjoy the video above. Cheers...

Prasetio


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi, Polly. Nice to see you again. I hope you enjoy this music instrument. I have the same idea with you about John Lennon songs. I believe this must be a great song by accompanied by angklung. God bless you too.

Prasetio


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks, drbj. You are really awesome friend have a positive perspective about this event. That's why I want to introduce angklung to the world. Hopefully angklung is a good media for us to life happily. I love you "words" about "music will be the way to bring people together", it's true and it's proven in our life. I really appreciate your "VOTE". Take care!

Love and peace,


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

Thanks for sharing. I was not aware of this instrument. Flag up!


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justom 5 years ago from 41042

What a beautiful sounding instrument Prasetio, my brother you know I'm for anything that brings us all together. Thanks for the new music you have introduced me to! Peace!! Tom


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks, dallas93444 for dropping by. I hope you love this information and angklung as well. Cheers....


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My brother, justom. I am glad to know that you love this music instrument. I am proud to share this with you and as an Indonesian I hope angklung goes around the globe. Thanks brother, I really appreciate your coming. Thank you very much. God bless you!

Prasetio,


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, this was great! I have never heard of it before, I love the sounds that it makes, lovely! rated up! cheers nell


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

This is amazing. My first to learn of the angklung. ( I learned a new word. ) Thank you.


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Support Med. 5 years ago from Michigan

Very interesting and inspiring prasetio30!! A great way to bring people of all nationalities together to enjoy life and create harmony! Thanks for sharing about angklung. A unique sound and the singers were great!!! v/r


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SilentReed 5 years ago from Philippines

What better way to promote peace and harmony among people than through music.Thank you for sharing a part of your culture and tradition.As always another fine article my friend.


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Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

This instrument is pretty popular in Thailand, too! In fact, I used to be in an angklung band when I was a kid. I wasn't very good at it but it was fun. :)


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear, Nell Rose. Thanks for coming and give your appreciation to this music instrument. I hope you enjoy the sound of angklung from the video above. I love your "VOTE". Take care!

Prasetio


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Your welcome, Ruby. I am proud to present this hub special for you. I know "angklung" is a new word for you. But I hope you entertained with the beautiful sound of angklung. Cheers... ~prasetio


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My friend, Support Med. I love your comment and I know how you give attention to angklung though this is a new music instrument for you. But I have the same idea with your opinion above. Let's make this world peaceful by the music, right. Have a good day!

Prasetio


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My friend, SilentReed. Thank you very much for dropping by. Music is part of our life and music make our life so wonderful. I am so happy if in the world more peaceful by the music. Cheers..... ~prasetio


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My brother, Om Paramapoonya. I had never knew that angklung is also popular in Thailand. You must enjoy to play this with others. Thank you very much. ~prasetio


Sueswan 5 years ago

Hi Prasetio,

I never heard of the anglung. What a sweet beautiful sound this instrument makes.

"Music is the universal language of mankind." Perhaps through music we can become kind and achieve peace.

Voted up, up and away!


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Very cool hub prasetio! You are a wonderful teacher.


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My friend, Sueswan. Thank you very much for coming and leave nice comment. I am so happy to know that you love angklung too. I agree with you about music is the universal language for mankind. With the music we can unify the nation, race, culture into beautiful harmony. I really appreciate your vote as your attention to this music instrument. God bless you.

Prasetio


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi, Sharyn. I am so glad to know you again. Thank you very much for your compliment and I hope you enjoy this "lesson". Take care!


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Irwan Sukmawan 5 years ago from Bandung, West Java, Indonesia

Nice share Mas, Saya bangga jadi org Indonesia-Bandung, "Angklung" bisa terkenal di Amrik sono. :)


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi, Irwan. Thanks for coming. I am glad to see you here. I have the same feeling with you as Indonesian people. Take care!


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AliciaC 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I love hearing instruments from different countries being played. Thank you for this hub, Prasetio. I learned something new - I've never heard of the angklung before. Voted interesting!


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks, Alicia for your appreciation to this hub. I hope you can learn about new traditional instrument from my country. For me, angklung is amazing. I love your vote. Cheers... ~prasetio


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iZeko 5 years ago

Thanks for sharing this! I have never heard of this instrument before. The sound is very relaxing. Nice read!


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My friend, iZeko. Thanks for coming and give your big appreciation to this music instrument. I agree with you that the sound of angklung is very relaxing. I hope you enjoy this hub. Cheers...


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

Very nicely done Presatio. We are the children. We are peace.


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My uncle, Micke Dee. I hope you entertained with this information and felt the harmony of tone. "We are the world" and we all one in peace. God bless you.

Your nephew, prasetio

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