Armin2016, an album of Trance tracks, was produced from Dec. 2021, and singles from the album were released in Q2 of 2022:
- Armin and Me
- Space Crackle
- When Morning Comes
- Outro (Armin2016)
Play time: 29 minutes
I call this 6th song on Armin2016, “Carillon”, because of the most noticeable or unusual instrument in it: one of the Indonesian Gamelans. The Gamelan is an ensemble of tuned percussion instruments. In this piece, it is the specifically the electronic version of the Gendér, a 13-tone metallophone, which sounds like bells being rung.
During the Christmas holidays in Dec. 2021, I was listening to Yo-Yo Ma’s explanation of how Debussy came to use Indonesian Gamelan sounds in his compositions, after he had attended the Paris Exposition of 1889. I listened again to Gamelan musicians and the wonderful sounds the instruments make.
I felt like writing a Christmassy song, and decided to incorporate the Gamelan instruments because I like the sounds, but also because I associate Indonesia, gamelans and bells with the Netherlands at Christmas time, which was a really special, happy time for me.
Download the Armin2016 liner notes