Kulintang

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Kulintang
Kolintang, Kulintangan, Totobuang
Kulintang
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Pelog and Slendro scales

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Kulintang is a modern term of an instrumental form of music composed on a row of small, horizontally-laid gongs that function melodically, accompanied by larger, suspended gongs and drums. As part of the larger gong-chime culture of Southeast Asia, kulintang music ensembles have been played for centuries in regions of the Eastern Malay Archipelago — the Southern Philippines, Eastern Indonesia, Eastern Malaysia, Brunei and Timor.<ref name=Amin >Amin, Mohammad (2005). A Comparison of Music of the Philippines and Sulawesi. Sulawesi. Retrieved on February 22, 2007.</ref> Kulintang evolved from a simple native signaling tradition, and developed into its present form with the incorporation of knobbed gongs from Sunda.<ref name=Cadar3/> Its importance stems from it's association with the indigenous cultures that inhabited these islands prior to the influences of Islam, Christianity or the West.

Technically, kulintang is the Maguindanao, Ternate and Timor term for the idiophone of gong kettles which are laid horizontally upon a rack to create an entire kulintang set.<ref name=Benitez>Benitez, Kristina. The Maguindanaon Kulintang: Musical Innovation, Transformation and the Concept of Binalig. Ann Harbor, MI: University of Michigan, 2005. </ref> It is played by striking the bosses of the gongs with two wooden beaters. Due to its use across various groups and languages, the kulintang is also called kolintang by the Maranao and those in Sulawesi, kulintangan by those in Sabah and the Sulu Archipelago and totobuang by those in central Maluku.<ref name=Cadar1>Cadar, Usopay H.. "The Role of Kolintang Music in Maranao Society." Asian Music Vol. 27, No. 2. (Spring - Summer, 1996), pp. 80-103. </ref>

By the twentieth century, the term kulintang had also come to denote an entire Maguindanao ensemble of five to six instruments.<ref name=Cadar2>Cadar, Usopay Hamdag. "Maranao Kolintang Music and Its Journey in America." Asian Music 27(1996): 131-146. </ref> Traditionally the Maguindanao term for the entire ensemble is basalen or palabunibuyan, the latter term meaning “an ensemble of loud instruments” or “music-making” or in this case “music-making using a kulintang.”<ref name=Aga2>Butocan, Aga Mayo (2007). Maguindanao Kulintang. Tao Music. Retrieved on February 22, 2007.</ref>

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Geographic extent

Map of kulintang music in Southeast Asia.

Kulintang belongs to the larger unit/stratum of “knobbed gong-chime culture” prevalent in Southeast Asia. It is considered one of the region’s three major gong ensembles, alongside the gamelan of western Indonesia and piphat of Thailand, Burma, Cambodia and Laos, which use gongs and not wind or string instruments to carry the melodic part of the ensemble. Like the other two, kulintang music is primarily orchestral with several rhythmic parts orderly stacked one upon another. It is also based upon the pentatonic scale. However, kulintang music differs in many aspects from gamelan music, primarally in the way the latter constructs melodies within a framework of skeletal tones and prescribed time interval of entry for each instruments. The framework of kulintang music is more flexible and time intervals are nonexistent, allowing for such things as improvisations to be more prevalent.<ref name=Maceda2/>

Because kulintang-like ensembles extended over various groups with various languages, the term used for the horizontal set of gongs varied widely. Along with it begin called kulintang, it is also called kolintang, kolintan, kulintangan,<ref name=Sutton>Sutton, R. Anderson. "Reviewed Work: Sama de Sitangkai by Alan Martenot and Jose Maceda ." Ethnomusicology 27(1983): </ref> kwintangan, k’lintang, gong sembilan, gong duablas, momo, totobuang, nekara,<ref name=Kartomi1>Kartomi, Margeret J.. "Is Malaku still musicological "terra incognita." An overview of the music-cultures of the province of Maluku." Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 25(1994): 141-173. </ref> engkromong, kromong/enkromong and recently kakula/kakula nuada. Kulintang-like instruments are played by the Maguindanao, Maranao, Iranun, Kalagan, Kalibugan and more recently the Tboli, Blaan and Subanao of Mindanao, the Tausug, Samal, Sama/Badjao, Yakan and the Sangir/Sangil of the Sulu, the Ambon, Banda, Seram, Ternate, Tidore, and Kei of Maluku, the Bajau, Suluk, Murut,<ref name=Grafias2 >Grafias, Robert. Music of Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines. Anthro 1385. University of California, Irvine. Retrieved on February 22, 2007.</ref> Kadazan-Dusan, Kadayah and Paitanic Peoples of Sabah, the Malays of Brunei, the Bidayuh and Iban/Sea Dayak of Sarawak, the Bolaang Mongondow and Kailinese/Toli-Toli of Sulawesi and other groups in Banjermasin and Tanjung<ref name=Hans1>Brandeis, Hans (2006). Photographs of Mindanao, Philippines. Gallery of Photographs from Mindanao, Philippines.. Filipino Association of Berlin. Retrieved on February 12, 2007.</ref> in Kalimantan and Timor.

Instrument

Kulintang.

Description

The instrument called the “kulintang” (or its other derivative terms) consist of a row/set of 5 to 9 small, embossed, graduated, pot gongs, horizontally laid upon a frame arranged in order of pitch with the lowest gong found on the players’ left.<ref name=Canave-Dioquino >Canave-Dioquino, Corazon (2007). Philippine Music Instruments. Articles on Culture & Arts. National Commission For Culture And The Arts. Retrieved on February 22, 2007.</ref> The gongs are laid in the instrument face side up atop two cords/strings running parallel to the entire length of the frame, with bamboo/wooden sticks/bars resting perpendicular across the frame creating an entire kulintang set called a pasangan.<ref name=Aga>Butocan, Aga M. (2006). Palabunibunyan. Kulintang and the Maguindanaos. Retrieved on February 22, 2007.</ref>

The different sized brass kulintang gongs.
The light beaters used to strike the gong bosses.

The gongs could weigh roughly from two pounds to three and 1/8 pounds and have dimensions from 7–10 inches for their diameters and 4–5 inches for their height.<ref name=Kalanduyan1/> Traditionally they are made from bronze but due to the shortage of bronze, brass gongs with short decaying tones have become commonplace.

The kulintang frame known as an antagan by the Maguindanao (means to “arrange”) and langkonga by the Maranao could have designs that could be particularly crude made from only bamboo/wooden poles or highly decorated, rich with artistic designs like the traditional okil/okir motifs or arabesque designs.<ref name=Spark>Danongan Kalanduyan. Spark. KQED - Arts and Culture (2006). Retrieved on February 22, 2007.</ref>

Individual names for each kulintang gong
Those in the Sulu Archipelago play the kulintang on the floor.

Technique

The kulintang is played by striking the bosses of the gongs with two wooden beaters. When playing the kulintang, the Maguindanao and Maranao would always sit on chairs while for the Tausug/Suluk and other groups that who play the kulintangan, they would commonly sit on the floor.<ref name=Muzium>An Introduction to the Traditional Musical Instruments of Sabah. Kota Kinabalu: Sabah State Muzium, 1992. </ref> Modern techniques include twirling the beaters, juggling them in midair, changing the arrangement of the gongs either before or while playing, crossings hands during play or adding very rapid fire strokes all in an effort to show off a player’s grace and virtuosity.<ref name=Cadar1/>

Casting

Kulintang gongs are made using the cire perdue method, a type of lost-wax process used for casting the individual gongs.<ref name=Garfias>Cadar, Usopay H., and Robert Garfias. "Some Principles of Formal Variation in the Kolintang Music of the Maranao." Asian Music Vol. 27, No. 2. (Spring - Summer, 1996), pp. 105-122.</ref> The first phase is the creation of replicas of the gongs out of either beeswax (talo) or candle wax (kandila).<ref name=Cadar3/> The wax mold is covered with a special mixture of finely-powdered coal/mud, which is applied on the wax‘s surface using a brush. The layers are then left to dry under the sun, after which the entire mold is heated in a furnace, melting away the wax and hardening the coal/mud mixture, creating a hollowed shell.<ref name=Maceda2/> With this hardened mold, molten bronze is poured down the mold’s mouth cavity, cooled to a certain degree, then the coal/mud is broken apart, revealing a new gong. The gong is then refined, cleaned, then properly identified by the panday (gong-maker).<ref name=Benitez/> Finally, the finished product is refined by using the tongkol process, tuning the gongs either by hammering the boss from the inside slightly raising its pitch or hammering the boss from the outside from the outside slightly lowering its pitch.<ref name=Maceda2/> The correct tuning is found by ear, with players playing a sequence of gongs, looking for a melodic contour they are familiar to.<ref name=Trimillos>Trimillos, Ricardo D. (2004). Performing Ethnomusicology: Teaching and Representation in World Music Ensembles. California: The University of California Press. The University of California Press. Retrieved on February 22, 2007.</ref>

Tongkol process using a hammer to tune the gongs.

Tuning

Unlike westernized instrumentation, there is no set tuning for kulintang sets throughout the Philippines.<ref name=Schramm>Schramm, Adelaida Reyes. "Music from the Tausug of Sulu: Moslems of the Southern Philippines." Asian Music 2(1971): </ref> Great variation exist between each set due to differences in make, size and shape, alloy used giving each kulintang set a unique pitch level, intervals and timbre.<ref name=Maceda1>Maceda, Jose M.. The Music of Maguindanao in the Philippines. Ann Arbor: University Microfilms, 1963.</ref> Though the tuning varies greatly, there does exist some uniformity to contour when same melody heard on different kulintang sets.<ref name=Garfias/> This common counter results in similar interval relationships of more or less equidistant steps between each of the gongs.<ref name=Kiefer>Kiefer, Thomas M.. Music from the Tausug of Sulu: Moslem of the Southern Philippines. New York: Anthology Record and Tape Corporation, 1970.</ref> This tuning system, not based upon equal temperament or upon a system of standard pitches but on a similar/certain pattern of large and small intervals, could also be found among the gamelan orchestras of western Indonesia.<ref name=Trimillos/> In fact, though the Maguindanao, Maranao and Tausug artists technically have no concept of scale (because emphasis placed on the concept of “rhythmic modes”), the Pelog and Slendro scales of western Indonesia were found to be most satisfactory to their own varying pentatonic/heptatonic scales.<ref name=Hila> Hila, Antonio C (2006). Indigenous Music - Tuklas Sining: Essays on the Philippine Arts. Filipino Heritage.com. Tatak Pilipino. Retrieved on February 22, 2007.</ref>

Example of kulintang cipher notation.

Notation system

Because this music was catered for by acephalous societies, kulintang repertory was unfettered by an indigenous notation system.<ref name=Trimillos/> Compositions were passed down orally from generation to generation negating the need for notation for the pieces.<ref name=Philip>Mercurio, Philip Dominguez (2006). Traditional Music of the Southern Philippines. PnoyAndTheCity: A center for Kulintang - A home for Pasikings. Retrieved on February 25, 2006.</ref> Recent attempts have been made to transcribe the music using cipher notation, with gongs indicated by a numbering system for example, starting from 1 to 8 with the lowest gong starting at number 1 for an eight gong kulintang set.<ref name=Garfias/>

Feminine instrument

The kulintang is traditionally considered a women’s instrument by many groups: the Maguindanao, Maranao, Tausug/ Sukul, Samal, Badjao/Sama, Illanum, Kadazan, Murut, Bidayuh and Iban.<ref name=Evans>Evans, Ivor H.. Among Primitive Peoples in Borneo. London: Seeley, Service & Co., 1922. </ref> Traditionally, the playing of the kulintang was associated with graceful, slow, frail and relaxed movements that showed elegance and decorum common among females.<ref name=Otto/> Nowadays, with both women and men playing all five instruments, the kulintang seen strictly as a woman’s instrument has waned, and in fact today, the most well known players of the kulintang happen to be men.<ref name=Garelan>Garelan, Barbera. Philippine Muslim Kulintang: Music of Modernization. 1991. </ref>

A kulintang ensemble performance in Daly City.

Performance

The main purpose for kulintang music in the community is to function as social entertainment at a nonprofessional, folk level.<ref name=Otto/> This music is unique in that it is considered a public music in the sense everyone is allowed to participate.<ref name=Cadar2/> Not only do the players play, but the audience members, consisting of neighbors and guests who come to the event, are also expected to participate.<ref name=Kalanduyan1/> These performances are important in that they bring people in the community and adjacent regions together, helping unify people who otherwise may not have interacted with one another.

Traditionally, when performers play kulintang music, their participation is completely voluntary.<ref name=Cadar1/> Musicians see performing kulintang music for their peers as an opportunity to receive recognition, prestige and respect from the community and nothing more.<ref name=Garelan/>

Generally, performances could be classified as either formal ones or informal ones. During formal performances adherents follow a traditional set of rules that would govern playing and it usually involved people from outside the home. Informal performances are quite the opposite. The strict rules that normally govern play are often ignored and the performers are usually between people well acquainted with one another, usually close family members.<ref name=Cadar1/> These performances usually were times when amateurs practiced on the instruments, young boys and girls gathered the instruments, substituting the kulintang with the saronay and inubab.<ref name=Benitez/> Ensembles didn’t necessary have to have five instruments like formal performances: they could be composed of only four instruments (three gandingan gongs, a kulintang, an agung, and a dabakan), three instruments (a kulintang, a dabakan, and either an agung or three gandingan gongs) or simply just one instrument (kulintang solo).<ref name=Maceda2/>

Social functions

A kulintang ensemble being used for purpose of entertainment.

Kulintang music generally could be found as the social entertainment at a host of different occasions. It is used during large feasts, festive/harvest gatherings, for entertainment of visiting friends and relatives, and at parades.<ref name=Frame/> Kulintang music also accompanies ceremonies marking significant life events, such as weddings and annual pilgrimages returning to and from Mecca.<ref name=Muzium/> Kulintang music also plays a significant role during state functions, used during official celebrations, entertaining of foreign dignitaries and important visitors of distant lands, court ceremonies of either the sultanate or village chieftains,enthroning/coronations of a new leader and the transferral of a sultanate from one family to another.<ref name=Kartomi1/>

A kulintang ensemble accompanying a healing ritual.

Kulintang music is prohibited from being played inside mosques<ref name=Garelan/> and during Islamic rites/observances/holidays, such as the fasting month (Ramadhan), where playing is only allowed at night during the time when they are allowed to eat.<ref name=Cadar1/> They also prohibit it during the mourning period of the death of important person, during funerals, and during the peak times of the planting and harvest season.<ref name=Matusky2>Matusky, Patricia. "An Introduction to the Major Instruments and Forms of Traditional Malay Music." Asian Music Vol 16. No. 2. (Spring-Summer 1985), pp. 121-182. </ref>

The gandingan is normally chosen for playing apad renditions

Other uses

Kulintang music has uses other than public performances. It also is used to accompany healing ceremonies/rituals (pagipat)/animistic religious ceremonies.<ref name=Dria>Dria, Jose Arnaldo (2006). Maguindanao. Philippine Literature. Retrieved on February 22, 2007.</ref> Though this practice has died out among the Maranao due to its non-Islamic nature, some areas in Mindanao, Sabah and Malaku still practice this ancient tradition.<ref name=Cadar1/>

Kulintang music can be used for communicating long distance messages from one village or longhouse to another.<ref name=Matusky2/> Called apad, these renditions could be used to mimic the Maguindanao language, creating a private language or a form of social commentary that only those who know the music would understand.<ref name=Danny2>Kalanduyan, Danongan Sibay (2006). What is Kulintang?. Palabuniyan Kulintang Ensemble – Traditional Gong Music and Dance from Mindanao Island, Philippines. Retrieved on November 1, 2006.</ref> However, apad is coming to disuse due to the fact, times are changing — apad with its once special meanings are no longer relevant in larger, mixed populations. Instead, anun, music without a message used to express one’s sentiments/feelings, has come more and more into use due to the fact it works well with the musical elaborations and idiosyncratic styles of the times.<ref name=Benitez/>

An agung contestant performing on the agung using two balus.

Kulintang music was also crucial in relation to courtships<ref name=Goddio>Goddio, Franck. Lost at Sea: The strange route of the Lena Shoal junk. London: Periplus, 2002. </ref> due to the very nature of Islamic custom, which did not allow for unmarried men and women to intermingle.<ref name=Philip/> Traditionally, unmarried daughter were kept in a special chamber in the attic called a lamin, off-limit to visitors and suitors.<ref name=Cadar1/> It was only when she was allowed to play during kulintang performances were suitors allowed to examine her. It’s because of this kulintang music was traditionally seen as one of the rare socially approved vehicles for interaction among the sexes.<ref name=Garelan/>

Musical contest, particularly among the Maguindanao, have become a unique feature of these kulintang performances.<ref name=Benitez/> They occur at almost all the formal occasions mentioned above, particularly weddings.<ref name=Kalanduyan1/> What has made the Maguindanao stand out from the other groups is that they practice solo gong contest – with individual players showcasing their skill on the various ensemble instruments – the agung, gandingan and the kulintang – as opposed to only group contest, where performers from one town and another town are pitted against each other.<ref name=Garelan/>

Compositions

Rhythmic modes

Kulintang music has no set compositions due to its concept of rhythmic modes.<ref name=Amin/> A rhythmic mode (or designation or genre or pattern) is defined as a musical unit that binds together the entire five instrument ensemble.<ref name=Otto/> By adding together the various rhythms of each instrument, one could create music and by changing one of the rhythms, one could create different music.<ref name=Amin/> This is the basis of the rhythmic mode.

Improvisation

The kulintang player’s ability to improvise within the parameters of a rhythmic mode is a must.<ref name=Trimillos/> As with gamelan orchestras, each kulintang mode has a kind of theme the kulintang player “dresses up” by variations of ornamentation, manipulating segments by inserting repetitions, extensions, insertions, suspensions, variations and transpositions.<ref name=Hila/> This occurs at the discretion of the kulintang player.<ref name=Otto/> Therefore, the kulintang player functions not only as the one carrying the melody, but also as the conductor of the entire ensemble. She determines the length of each rendition and could change the rhythm at anytime, speeding up or slowing down, accord to her personal taste and the composition she plays.<ref name=Terada>Terada, Yoshitaka. "Variational and Improvisational Techniques of Gandingan Playing in the Maguindanaon Kulintang Ensemble." Asian Music XXVII.2 (1996): 53-79. </ref>

This emphasis on improvisation was essential due traditional role of the music as entertainment for the entire community.<ref name=Posner>Posner, Karen L. "A Preliminary Analysis of Style in Maguindanoan Kulintang Music." Asian Music XXVII.2 (1996): 19-32. </ref> Listeners in the audience expected players to surprise and astound them by playing in their own unique style, and by incorporating improvisation to make newer versions of the piece.<ref name=Cadar1/> If a player simply imitated a preceding player, playing patterns without any improvisation, the audience members would believe she/he to be repetitious and mundane.<ref name=Scholz>Scholz, Scott. "The Supportive Instruments of the Maguindanaon Kulintang Music." Asian Music XXVII.2 (1996): 33-52. </ref> This also explains why set performance pieces for musical productions are different in some respect — young men/women would be practicing before an event, therefore rarely relying on improvisations.<ref name=Garelan/>

Maguindanao and Maranao compositions

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  • Problems playing the files? See media help. Template:Sample box end Though allowing such a variety of rhythms would lead to an innumerable amount of patterns, generally one could categorize these rhythmic modes on the basis on various criteria such as the number of beats in a recurring musical phrase, differences in the melodic and rhythmic groups with the musical phrase, differences in the rhythmic emphasis, and differences in the opening formulas and cadential patterns.<ref name=Benitez/> For the Maguindanao, three to five typical genres can be distinguished:<ref name=Otto/> Duyug, Sinulog, Tidtu, Binalig and Tagonggo.<ref name=Posner/> The Maranao on the other hand have only three typical genres — Kapromayas/Romayas, Kapagonor/Onor, and Katitik Pandai/Kapaginandang.<ref name=Garfias/> These general genres could be further grouped among each other into styles/subcategories/stylistic modifiers,<ref name=Benitez/> which are differentiated from one another based on instrumentation, playing techniques, function and the average age and gender of the musicians as well.<ref name=Terada/> Generally, these styles are differentiated by what is considered traditional or “old,” and more contemporary or “new.” Old styles are considered slow, well-pronounced and dignified like the Maguindanao’s kamamatuan and the Maranao’s andung.<ref name=Maceda1/> Genres classified under this style have moderate tempos, are rhythmically-oriented, balanced, lack many improvisations and are usually played by the older folks and are therefore always played first, to give due respect to the older generation.<ref name=Terada/> New styles such as the Maguindanao’s kagungudan and the Maranao’s bago, are considered fast, rhythmic and showy.<ref name=Aga2/> Generally genres under this classification have faster tempos with an emphasis on power and speed, are highly rhythmic and pulsating, and are highly improvised with musicians employing different rhythmic/melodic formulae not used with old patterns.<ref name=Maceda2/> “Young” musicians, specifically young men, gravitate toward this style because of its emphasis on virtuosity and one’s individualism.<ref name=Terada/> Generally played after all kamamatuan pieces have been played to give younger musicians the opportunity to participate.<ref name=Kalanduyan1/> Tagunggo not classified under one of these styles, being more ritualistic than recreational in nature.<ref name=Aga/> Tagunggo is a rhythmic mode often used to accompany trance and dance rituals such as sagayan.<ref name=Scholz/> During the playing of these pieces, a ritual specialist would dance in rhythm with the music calling on the help of ancestral spirits (tunong).<ref name=Benitez/>

    Sulu-type kulintangan compositions

    Sulu-type compositions on the kulintangan are found among the Tausug, Samal, Yakan, Sama/Badjao, and Kadazan-Dusan. Though there exist no identifiable rhythmic or melodic differences between patterns with names such as the Maguindanao, each group has their own music compositions. For instance, the Tausug have three identifiable compositions — kuriri, sinug, and lubak-lubak — the Yakan have two — tini-id and kuriri — and the Dusan have three — ayas, kudidi and tidung. Though these melodies vary even within groups like the Maguindanao and Maranao, one theme which characterizes the sulu-type is the exchange of short melodic phrases between the kulintangan and the agungs, where both instruments imitate and duplicate each others rhythms very quickly. This is clearly seen in the Tausug’s sinug and Yakan’s tini-id and kuriri compositions where this sort of jousting becomes a game of skill and virtuoso playing.<ref name=Maceda2/>

    Composition titles

    The kulintang repertoire has no fixed labels because the music itself is not considered a fixed entity. Due to the fact it is orally transmitted, the repertoire itself is considered something always in a state of flux due to two primary reasons. First, standardized titles weren’t considered a priority. Though to the musicians themselves the melodies would sound similar, the labels they would place on a particular rhythmic mode or style could vary even from household to household within that same village. For the musicians, the emphasis is on the excitement and pleasure of playing the music without much regard to what the piece was referred to as. Secondly, because musicians improvised their pieces regularly, modes and styles were continually revised and changed as they were passed on to a newer generation of musicians, making the pieces and therefore the labels attached to them relevant only during a certain frame of time.

    Such issues made attempts to codify the compositions in a uniform manner impossible.<ref name=Otto/> An example of this could be found among the Maguindanao where the word binalig is used by contemporary musicians as a name for one of the rhythmic modes associated with kangungudan but it has also been used as a term designating a “new” style.<ref name=Combes>Combes, Francisco. Historia de las Isles de Mindanao in the Philippine Islands. Clevaland: Clark, 1903. </ref> Another example concerns the discrepancy among “old” and “new” genres. With “new pieces” continuously proliferating even up till now, pieces only created decades ago are now considered “old” even though this is considered a tradition spanning many centuries.<ref name=Otto/> These differences could sometimes make discussing this repertoire and the modes and styles within it a bit confounding.

    Kulintang

    History

    Kulintang music is considered an ancient tradition that predates the influences of Islam, Christianity, and the West. In the Philippines, it represents the highest from of gong music attained by Filipinos<ref name=Benitez/> and in North Maluku, it is said to have existed for centuries.<ref name=Kartomi1/>

    As ancient as this music is, there has never been substantial data recorded regarding the kulintang’s origins.<ref name=Cadar3/> The earliest historical accounts of instruments resembling those of the present day kulintang are in the writings of various European explorers from the 16th century who would have seen such instruments used in passing.<ref name=Blair>Blair , Emma, and James Robertson. The Philippine Islands. Cleveland: The Arthur K. Clark Co, 1903. </ref><ref name=Forrest>Forrest, Thomas. A Voyage to New Guinea and the Moluccas: 1774-1776. Kuala Lumper: Oxford University Press, 1969.</ref><ref name=Vives>Vives, E.D.. The Rio Grande of Mindanao. 2. Cagayan de Oro: Xavier University, 1995. </ref>

    Because of limited data concerning gong music prior to European exploration, theories abound as to when the prototypes of what is now the present day kulintang came to be. One theory suggest that the bronze gong had an ancient history in Southeast Asia, arriving in the Malay archipelago two or even three thousand years ago, making its way to the Philippines from China in the 3rd century AD.<ref name=Sachs>Sachs, Curt. The History of Musical Instruments. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., Inc, 1940. </ref><ref name=Phillips >Phillips, Frances (2001). CWF LEAD ARTISTS: DANONGAN KALANDUYAN. Creative Work Fund. Creative Work Fund. Retrieved on February 22, 2007.</ref> Another theory lays doubt to the former claim, suggesting the kulintang could not have existed prior to 15th century due to the belief Javanese gong tradition, which is what the kulintang was believed to be derived from, developed only by the 15th century.<ref name=Skog>Skog, Inge. "North Borneo Gongs and the Javanese Gamelan." Ethnomusicology Research Digest 4(1993): 55-102. </ref>

    Though different theories abound as to the exact centuries the kulintang was finally realized, there is a consensus that kulintang music developed from a foreign musical tradition which was borrowed and adapted to the indigenous music tradition already present in the area.<ref name=Maceda2/> It’s likely the earliest gongs used among the indigenous populace had no recreational value but were simply used for making signals and sending messages.<ref name=Frame/>

    Kulintang music likely evolved from this simple signaling tradition, transitioning into a period consisting of one player, one-gong type ensembles (like those found among the Ifugao of Luzon or Tiruray of Mindanao), developing into a multi-gong, multiplayer ensemble with the incorporation of concepts originating from Sunda and finally transforming into the present day kulintang ensemble, with the addition of the d’bakan, babndir and musical concepts of Islam via Islam traders.

    Origin of the gong

    Two proposed routes for the migration of the kulintang gong to Mindanao

    The kulintang gong itself is believed to be have been one of those foreign musical elements incorporated into kulintang music, derived from the Sundanese kolenang due to its striking similarities.<ref name=Cadar3/> Along with the fact that they play important roles in their respectively ensembles, both the kulintang and kolenang show striking homogeneity in tapered rims (as opposed to pronouncedly tapered Javanese bonang and non-tapered Laotian khong vong gongs). Even the word kulintang is believed to be just an altered form of the Sundanese word kolenang.<ref name=Kunst>Kunst, Jaap. Music in Java. 2. Netherlands: The Hague, 1949. </ref>

    It was these similarities that lead theorists to conclude the kulintang was originally imported to the Philippines during the migration of the kolenang through the Malay Archipelago. Based on the etymology, two routes have been proposed as the route for the kulintang to Mindanao: One from Sunda, thru Banjermasin, Brunei and the Sulu Archipelago, a route where the word “kulintangan” is commonly used for the horizontal row of gongs; The other from Sunda, thru, Timor, Sulawesi, Moluccas and Mindanao where the word kolintang/kulintang is commonly seen.<ref name=Cadar3/>

    Future

    The tradition of kulintang music has been waning throughout the Eastern Malay Archipelago, and has become extinct in many places where it may have once played a greater role. The extent of kulintang tradition in the Philippines, particularly in the Northern and Central islands of the Luzon and Visayas, will never be fully known due to the harsh realities of three hundred years of Spanish colonization.<ref name=Philip2>Mercurio, Philip Dominguez. Expedition into ETHS 545: Music of the Southern Philippines." Manila Bulletin USA: Kababayan Ed. [South San Francisco]13 OCT 2005, natl.ed.: 8.</ref> Sets of five bronze gong-chimes and a gong making up the totobuang ensembles of Buru island in Central Maluku have also come to disuse.<ref name=Kartomi1/> Kolintang sets of bossed kettle gongs were once played in Gorontalo, North Sulawesi long ago but that has all but disappeared, replaced by what locals are presently familiar with — a slab-key instrument known as a kolintang.<ref name=Amin/> The fact that there were still areas that were able to keep kulintang tradition alive during European colonization has made some aptly termed this music, “the music of resistance.”

    Today, the existence of kulintang music is threatened by the influence of globalization, and the introduction of Western and foreign ideals into the region.<ref name=Philip2/> Younger generations would rather listen to American music, or bike in the streets with other children than spend time practicing and imitating on the traditional instruments of their parents.<ref name=Benitez/>

    However, due to the work of master musicians such as Master Danongan Kalanduyan and Usopay Cadar, kulintang music has had a revival of sorts.<ref name=Philip2/> They are responsible for bringing kulintang music to the shores of the United States during the late 20th century in an attempt to use the music to help connect contemporary Filipino American culture with ancient tribal traditions.<ref name=Spark/> They were impressed by the fact those who were not of Maguindanao or Maranao background and some who were not even Filipino were were enthusastic in picking up an alien tradition from a foreign land.<ref name=Cadar2/> When either of them brought their own students, from universities such as University of Washington or San Francisco State University, to Mindanao to play the kulintang in front of their own people, a renaissance of sorts occurs. Many of the younger generation of Maguindanao and Maranao were encouraged to play their traditional music by the sight of outsiders playing the kulintang.<ref name=Philip2/> Such appreciation on the part of the Filipino Americans of a music that exist halfway around the world is now giving a jolt of life to a dying tradition and had become a a symbol of pan-Filipino unity.<ref name=Spark/>

    Composition of various ensembles

    The makeup of kulintang ensembles throughout the region can vary wildly from group to group. Generally, they consist of five to six instruments dominated of course by a melody-playing gong row that functions as a lead/central melodic instrument for the entire ensemble.<ref name=Maranao>The Maranao Man. Mindanao Art and Culture. 4. Marawi City: University Research Center, Mindanao State University, 1980. </ref><ref name=Oellana>Oellana, Dionisio, and Efren Endriga. Maranao Traditional Brasscasting. 2. Iligan City: MSU - Iligan Institute of Technology, 1984. </ref>

    Group and their ensemble name Horizontal gongs Suspended gongs Drums Other gong or drum Other gong or drum
    <center>Kulintang 06.jpg <center>Kulintang 08.jpg <center>Agung 10.jpg <center>Dabakan 2.jpg <center>Babendil 01.jpg <center>Gandingan 01.jpg
    <center>Maguindanao <center>Kulintang Ensemble <center>Kulintang <center>Agung <center>Dabakan <center>Babendil (gong) <center>Gandingdan (gong)<ref name=Kalanduyan1>Kalanduyan, Danongan S. "Maguindanaon Kulintang Music: Instruments, Repertoire, Performance, Contexts, and Social Functions." Asian Music XXVII.2 (1996): 3-18. </ref>
    <center>Maranao <center>Kolintang Ensemble <center>Kolintang <center>Agong <center>Dbakan/Dadabuan <center>Babndir (gong)<ref name=Otto> Otto, Steven W.. "Repertorial Nomenclature in Muranao Kolintang Music ." Asian Music Vol. 27, No. 2. (Spring - Summer, 1996), pp. 123-130.</ref>
    <center>Tausug/Suluk <center>Kulintangan Ensemble<ref name=Amin/> <center>Kulintangan <center>Tunggalan <center>Gandang <center>Pulakan(Duahan) (gong) <center>Buahan(Duahan (gong)<ref name=Maceda2/>
    <center>Samal <center>Kulintangan Ensemble <center>Kulintangan <center>Tamuk <center>Tambul <center>Pulakan(Duahan) (gong) <center>Bua(Duahan (gong)<ref name=Maceda2/>
    <center>Sama/Badjao <center>Batitik Ensemble<ref name=Frame/> <center>Kulintangan<ref name=Amin/> <center>Gong Besar <center>Gandang <center> <center>Bandil (gong)<ref name=Sabah>Musical Instruments. SabahTravelGuide.Com. Sabah Tourism Promotion Corporation (2007). Retrieved on February 22, 2007.</ref>
    <center>Yakan <center>Kwintangan Ensemble <center>Kwintangan <center>Agung<ref name=Amin/> <center> <center> <center>
    <center>Bolaang Mongondow <center>Kolintang Ensemble <center>Kolintang <center>Banding <center>Double-headed drums<ref name=Amin/> <center> <center>
    <center>Malays <center>Kulintangan Ensemble <center>Kulintangan <center>Agong <center>Gendang <center> <center>Tawak-Tawak (gong)<ref name=Labuan >Culture. Labuan, Malaysia: The International Garden Island of Borneo. Labuan Corporation (2001). Retrieved on February 22, 2007.</ref>
    <center>Lotud <center>Mojumbak Ensemble <center>Kulintangan <center>Tawag-Tawag <center>Gandang <center> <center>
    <center>Iban/Sea Dayaks <center>Engkromong ensemble <center>Engkromong <center>Tetawak <center>Dumbak <center> <center>Bandai(gong)<ref name=Maceda2/>
    <center>Ternate <center>Kulintang/Remoi Sahi-Sahi ensemble <center>Momo <center>Saragi <center>Baka-Baka <center>Podo (drum) <center>Dabi-Dabi/Cik (cymbals)<ref name=Kartomi1>Kartomi, Margeret J.. "Is Malaku still musicological "terra incognita." An overview of the music-cultures of the province of Maluku." Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 25(1994): 141-173. </ref>
    <center>Tidore <center>Jalanpong ensemble <center>Momo <center>Saragi <center>Baka-Baka <center>Podo (drum) <center>Dabi-Dabi/Cik (cymbals)<ref name=Kartomi1/>
    <center>Ambon <center>Totobuang ensemble <center>Totobuang <center> <center>Tifus <center>Drums<ref name=Kartomi1/> <center>
    Traditional instruments of the Southern Philippines
    Maguindanao Kulintang Ensemble
    Kulintang - Agung - Gandingan - Babendil - Dabakan
    Other non-ensemble instruments
    Kulintang a Kayo - Gandingan a Kayo - Kulintang a Tiniok - Kubing - Luntang - Agung a TamlangKagul PalendagTumpongSuling - Kutiyapi

    List of kulintang ensembles

    • Likha Pilipino Folk Ensemble
    • Mindanao Lilang-Lilang Ensemble
    • Palabuniyan Kulintang Ensemble
    • The Magui Moro Master Artist of the Philippines
    • Pakaraguian Kulintang Ensemble
    • Samahan Kulintang Ensemble

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