Uwalmassa

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Uwalmassa is an Indonesian trio consisting of Harsya Wahono, Randy Pradipta and Pujangga Rahseta. They are part of the Jakarta-based DIVISI62 label and art collective and make deconstructed gamelan music using a combination of Indonesian and Western instruments. They ttransform gamelan’s rich tonal colours into a minimalist palette with reverberating synth arpeggios. The end result is an experimental yet dance floor-friendly sound that repositions jungle and tribal-influenced ambient techno within gamelan’s dense scales and rhythms. Uwalmassa’s compositional approach is rooted in the principles of free jazz. Improvisation, irregular time signatures and emotional intensity are crucial to the trio’s work.