HomeBlogs Kempul A kempul is a type of hanging gong used in Indonesian gamelan. It is
often placed with the gong suwukan and gong ageng, hanging on a single
rack, at the back of the gamelan, and these instruments are often played
by the same player with the same mallets. There are usually several
kempul in each pélog and sléndro; however, there are frequently some
notes missing and thus they have to share a kempul (usually at a related
interval, like a fifth). The appropriate kempul depends on the
balungan, the pathet (mode), and other considerations.
in Javanese gamelan has a colotomic function, similar to the kenong. In
the longest structure, gendhing, no kempul is used. In shorter
structures, such as ketawang, the kempul is used to divide the nongans
(kenong strokes). In the shortest, wayang structures, the kenong plays
on every other kenong hit.
The similar instrument in Sundanese
gamelan is the jengglong and in Maguindanao kulintang is the gandingan.
Kempur is the Balinese name for the gong suwukan.