Gamelan Encinal

An American Aluminum Gamelan Ensemble

Instrument Build Journal 4

Some aspects of instrument building are not exciting, or sexy to talk about, but sometimes these little things are very important to the grand scheme of things.

These are aluminum hangers for string suspended keys. Due to the design requiring each key from the 9th to the 32nd harmonic be able to be arranged in any fashion within an octave, each key needs to have its own support structure. that means that 4 hangers are required for each key. 96 hangers in total.

Not the most exciting work in the build, cutting out 96 little aluminum bars and drilling holes in them, but essential.

I am considering using them to make plate mail for a ren faire costume.

Included is a video of the prototype unit of what we plan to build for each key.