Various Artists

Music for the Gods

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The latest release in the "Endangered Music" series is the fascinating new collection of Indonesian music in its most profoundly elemental form, featuring the gamelan ensemble, with its magnificent bronze gongs and bronze-keyed xylophones called metallophones. An artifact expedition for New York's American Museum of Natural History led to these recordings of indigenous music of pre-World War II Indonesia. Produced by Mickey Hart for the Library of Congress, this priceless collection of over 100 recordings were rescued from deterioration by the Endangered Music Project's engineers with painstaking care, providing an engrossing journey back to a time forever lost.