University of Pittsburgh

Tuning Pitt's Gamelans

Gamelan tuner Wayne Vitale visited campus this summer to tune the University's iron and bronze gamelan sets.  The University Times took advantage of Vitale's visit to develop a fascinating story about the process of tuning a gamelan. According to the U-Times,

"Gamelan tuning is done with a little grinding here and some filing or filling there until the sound is right. Learning comes by doing.

Unlike a piano, there’s no standard tuning: The gamelan needs to be in tune with itself, Vitale said. And there’s variation within the tunings based on local taste, the musical repertoire or even the preference of the gamelan owner."

Read the full story here.

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