Gendhing Cosmic


5th order ambisonics installation


4-channel sound installation



What if gamelan 'living and being alive' on earth—with its gravity that determines all the system therein—'lives' in the outer space? This work reimagines how pakem—the principal guidelines derived and practiced from the Javanese gamelan tradition that acts as a gamelan's rule of the making—is ripped from the instrument, thereby scattering its original identity and making a new one; will it remain gamelan?

The video of the ambisonics presentation delivers a binaural track for a headphone listening only.


Jay Afrisando

All the sound was generated through inharmonic additive synthesis and the spatialization was created using HOA UGens, the SuperCollider library for encoding, transforming, and decoding higher order ambisonics by Florian Grond (

Gendhing Cosmic was originally created for a quadraphonic system and exhibited at the Yogyakarta Gamelan Festival 2018 (Yogyakarta, Indonesia) and the West Bank Arts Quarter Festival 2018 (Minneapolis, MN). For the Linux Audio Conference 2019 (, this work is presented as a 5th order ambisonics installation.

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October Meeting Contemporary Music and Musicians 2019, Tembi Rumah Budaya, Yogyakarta, ID on 23 October 2019.

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Linux Audio Conference 2019, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, US on 25 March 2019.

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West Bank Arts Quarter Festival 2019, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, US on 15 October 2018.

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Yogyakarta Gamelan Festival 2018, Yogyakarta, ID on 10-13 August 2018.

© Jay Afrisando 2020