Compared to the style of Java, Balinese gamelan uses fewer sonorities. The sound is almost entirely derived from striking metal of various shapes, with skin drums used to direct the ensemble. The gamelan music does not include voices, winds, strings, etc.
The oldest and most austere style is the Gamelan Gong Gede. Two excellent recordings of this music:
- Gamelan Gong Gede of Batur Temple
- World Music Library 5153
- Bali: Musique pour le Gong Gede
- Ocora (Radio France) C 559002
- Bali: Hommage a Wayan Lotring
- Ocora (Radio France) C 559076/77 (2 CDs)
The more recent style is the Gamelan Gong Kebyar. This is the flashy style for which Balinese music is mostly known today. It will not appear here.