20/1/98 for pelog gamelan & flute
The pelog gamelan which we play on in Glasgow is in a tuning which is fairly close to western pitches, with the 5 being exactly equal to A 440;
1 = D 2 = Eb 3 = F 4 = G# (ish!) 5 = A 6 = Bb
This has allowed me to write several pieces using western instruments; so far we have used flugelhorn, flute, violas, and harmonium.
The idea of a piece fusing Latin grooves & gamelan was suggested to me by one of our group, Peter Kemp. It uses the bonangs to keep up a montuno-style riff while the gongs/slenthem play a bass line;
Bonangs 4.35 .3.6 .3.6 5.4. 4.25 .2.6 .2.6 5.4. Gongs/slenthem 3) .... 3..7 .... 7..2 .... 2..6 .... 6..3
Over the top of this is a melody on flute & sarons, and a written-out flute solo. The drums play a transcription of a standard conga pattern, with the kethuk taking the cowbell part.
Written for Gamelan Naga Mas, but never performed. (Trivia: I use the midi file of this piece as a ringtone on my phone :)