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Figure: gendang (worn out frame but still sound nice to play! click on the picture to load sound sample)

Gendang (Terengganu Gamelan)

The gendang or drum is the only membranophone instrument and plays an important role as the leading instrument in every gamelan ensemble. It uses both loud and soft style of playing, in terms of both its tempo and rhythm and its melodic patterns and signals. The drum in gamelan ensemble is barrel-shaped and the frame is made out of the trunk of jackfruit or coconut. Both end of the frame is covered by membrane from the goat's or cow's skin.