Live Radio and Street Sounds of Central Java

by Jesse Paul Miller

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LIVE RADIO AND STREET SOUNDS OF CENTRAL JAVA

During a 4 month stay in Central Java in 2017, I was again reminded by daily exposure to a vast variety of musical sounds coming from radios and on the street, of the complex history of this island.

Needless to say, Java is an ancient crossroads, with culture rooted in Hinduism, Animism, Islam, and other beliefs; with the cross-pollination of these influences resulting in the complex current musical forms..

This is a compilation of re-combinative musics recorded in Solo (Surakarta), and Yogyakarta, Java, in 2013 & 2017. The tracks on this compilation were captured from multiple radio channels, using a small portable radio.

They fall into the descriptive categories of “Jathilan”, “Joget”, or “Karawitan”, “Wayang Orang”, “Wayang Kulit”, “Ketoprak”, “Campursari”, also..“Campur” which means “Mixed”.

Also, some traditional court music segments, radio fuzz and anomalies, spoken word in puppetry and plays, commercials, and..…

Although gamelan may be the most well known instrument from this region, there are also many instruments made from bamboo.. ancient ones made of this are purported to have existed even in the pre-history of the Hindu era in Java, 1000 years ago.

The intention of this mix is simply to share the “Rame” (lively joyful expression) and often more raw, innovative, and mysterious sounds created and utilized in the transmission of tradition and pure entertainment, in Central Java, 21st Century.
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Also included are:

Live recordings of the sounds of food carts in Solo and Yogyakarta. Although maybe considered banal by some whom live with them, there is a massive variety of these, not just in Central Java, but the whole of the Indonesian Archipelago.

A few recordings of street musicians I captured are included; and a few from the Takbiran (Idul Fitri) festival in Yogyakarta in July of 2017.

All recordings are examples of what I found fun or interesting, this is a personal catalogue.

It is compiled for 60 minute cassette, hence the A/B sides.

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released July 2, 2018

Recordings gathered May - July, 2017, Solo / Yogyakarta, Java, and assembled by Jesse Paul Miller.
Tracks B7 / B11 recorded in 2013, Yogyakarta by JPM
Cover photos : JPM

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Jesse Paul Miller Seattle, Washington

Field recording / audio collage albums by Jesse Paul Miller capturing living soundscapes & street/ceremonial music in contemporary Southeast Asia and beyond.

Also, an archive of experimental and sound art albums created in the span of over 25 years.

These & other recordings have been previously released as a CD-r series, cassette, Vinyl LP (“A Distant Invitation” on Sublime Frequencies label).
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