HomeBlogs Slenthem The slenthem (also slentem or gender panembung) is a Javanese metallophone which makes up part of a gamelan orchestra.
slenthem is part of the gendér family. It consists of a set of
bronze keys comprising a single octave: there are six keys when playing
the slendro scale and seven when playing the pelog. These keys are
suspended by leather cords over individual bamboo tube resonators in a
wooden frame, which are cut so that the placement of the bamboo's node
causes the functional length of the resonator to be shorter for higher
notes. The instrument is played by striking the keys with a mallet,
called a tabuh, which has a short handle and a thin wooden disk edged in
cloth or rubber. One hand is left free to dampen notes. It is a
low-pitched instrument with a softer sound than the saron demung.
the saron barung and demung, it generally plays the most basic form of
the melody (balungan) in a composition. However it also sometimes
uses techniques similar to the saron to elaborate. It is especially
favored in quieter gamelan ensembles (such as Gamelan Gadhon); but it is
a part of standard Gamelan Gedhé as the only soft-style instrument also
played in loud-style pieces.
It is typically placed among the instruments at the front of the performing area.