Exclusive mix 95: Gamelan Voices

Globe-trotting duo Tania Gallagher and Bart Demey – formerly known as Galacticamendum and Nid & Sancy – currently operate under the moniker Gamelan Voices. Splitting their time between Indonesia and Ghent, they employ a variety of Indonesian instruments like the percussive gamelan to create a fluid fusion of sounds. Let yourself be transported with their transcendent Exclusive Mix, which includes a ten minute long rework of their debut album I by none other than Gonjasufi – also, make sure to check out their Nocturnal Emissions Special which will be airing on NTS tonight.

Can you describe yourself in a few words?

Our sound is essentially a blend between East and West. We use Indonesian instruments in different ways then what they were designed for initially, and combine them with guitars and Buchla synths.

How did you first start making music? How does it fit into your life?

We first started working together on a project called Galacticamendum, which led us to Nid & Sancy. From then on, one project always seemed to lead us to another. We like this organic way of things happening: its always kept things fresh and new for us.

Music – and everything surrounding it – is our life. We don’t do anything else except for travel; and even that has a musical angle to it, as we are always searching for new sounds, instruments and records. Asides from our own projects, we provide music supervision for Kokon To Zai (KTZ), a London fashion brand run Sasko Bezovski and Marjan Pejoski, the designer behind Björk’s infamous swan dress.

Can you describe the mix in a few words? What is its overriding influence, where would it best be enjoyed, what makes it special?

The music and sounds of Gamelan Voices are pretty medidative in nature – but we are just as much influenced by Jon Hassell as we are by Coil. So we decided to play some Chris & Cosey, Psychic TV along with some electronic music that we felt has a connection to Asian music.

This mix would probably be best enjoyed while cooking dinner or gardening.

Can you tell us about the exclusive track on the mix? Why did you chose to include this one? If it isn’t one of your own productions, how did you come across the artist?

The exclusive we included is a ten minute soundbath rework of our entire album by Gonjasufi. Instead of asking for a remix we had the idea of sending Sumach [Ecks] our whole album in seperate tracks. We told him he could combine anything, and that’s precisely what he did. He even added his own beats and melody lines on top, so it ended up being more of a collaboration than a remix.

When and where did you record it?

We recorded this mix on a plane from Bali to Jakarta, and it was finished in Ghent at our Begijnhof Audio Research Terminal studio. We needed some tracks that we only had on vinyl, so some record digitizing had to be done.

What’s your favourite track on the mix?

Our favorite track on the mix is completely dependent on the day and time – they’re all favorites. We do have a certain fondness for the Psychic TV track, though. It’s been with us for a long time. You can play it in a loop and still it never gets boring.

What do you have coming up in the next few weeks?

We’ve just officially released our debut album I on Gong Ear. There’s a KTZ fashion show in London where we’ll be providing the music, and we’ve compiled a stack of tapes for a new radio show on NTS, which will be airing tonight.

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