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Relatively well known in the United States, though further from our own musical tradition than Kurdish Music, is Javanese gamelan. Gamelan music uses a very different scale system from our own, so it sounds very different. The slendro scale is a pentatonic (five-note) scale using intervals not used in Western music. Despite this difference, we certainly recognize gamelan as music.

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Javanese Gamelan Music