Deconstruction of Penting in Order to Preserve Balinese Gamelan Ensemble

Pande Made Sukerta, I Nyoman Sukerna


Penting was one of the instruments as well as the Balinese gamelan ensemble in the area of ​​Karangasem (eastern Bali). Penting instrument was easily distinguished when it was compared to other types of instruments used gamelan ensembles that can be sorted out in terms of shape, how to play, and how to make sounds or tones. The existence of Penting instrument was very apprehensive, because there was little public interest to learn and make Penting instruments. From these concerns, important steps were made to deconstruct Penting instruments, to create Penting gamelan ensembles (barungan, Bali), and then to present Penting songs (gending, Jv). These three steps were expected to result in a better existence of Penting instrument in the future.This activity was using the theory of deconstruction developed by Jacques Derrida, namely dismantling the quality of Penting instrument’s material and construction. Data was obtained by observation, interviews, and literature studies that could be used to deconstruct Penting instrument, to create Penting ensembles, and to present Penting songs through various processes.

Keywords: Penting instrument, deconstruction, Penting gamelan ensemble, Penting musical works

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