bonang sekati

The bonang sekati of the gamelan K.K. Gunturmadu, with the two pengapit gongs on either side of the platform on which the performer sits.

A gong chime consisting of two parallel rows of horizontally-resting bronze gongs with turned-back rims and raised central bosses, which are struck with a pair of thinly-padded stick beaters held in the hands of the performer. One bonang sekati is found in each of the two palace gamelan sekati, which are pélog gamelans, and has 14 gongs on a bed-like frame plus two additional gongs, called pengapit, each resting in its own kenong-like frame. One pengapit is located immediately to the left and right sides of the seated performer. The gongs in one row, plus the pengapit gongs, have a higher profile (called jaler, or male) than the gongs in the other row (called setren, or female) and are tuned an octave higher. The primary player of the bonang sekati performs only on the jaler row and the two pengapit gongs; one or two other musicians sound the setren gongs in the other row as though they were kenong.