Angklung Set, Bamboo, Chromatically Tuned, Mellower

Angklung Set, Bamboo, Chromatically Tuned, Mellower

(Ang Klings, Anklung, Angkloeng, Gitterrassel)

Mfg. by Various

Softer attack. Warmer sound. From Thailand/Indonesia. Each angklung has 3 tubes total - 2 are unison and 1 is 1-octave below. Note: range indicates lower octave of notes on each angklung; so C4 indicates that this angklung has a C4 and 2 C5s. 

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C4-E5, F6-G7

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Most often played by shaking, these bamboo angklung provide a different sound than other standard percussion instruments, and can be used melodically or just as texture. They also can be used on the rack as a comprehensive set, or taken off individually. Common to this instrument, each angklung plays two octaves of the same note.

Some of these angklung were acquired in 1960 from composer Allyn Ferguson, who returned from Laos with four of them, and subsequently wrote for angklung in his scores, including Charlie’s Angels. Emil collected more angklung little by little. However, he acquired a large set of angklung in the 1970s from an Los Angeles-area African American Baptist church who was looking to get rid of them because they were not being used.

Many composers favored using the higher angklung, but Lalo Schifrin preferred writing more for the lower ones, which were suspended on large racks. They were also written for in scores by composers Michael Kamen, Johnny Mandel, and Hank Mancini, to name a few.



  • Angklung are featured in the melody from Majora's Mask, a fan film from The Legend of Zelda series (2016). Original melody by Koji Kondo.

  • The high angklung from this set play a melodic, percussive role in the Klingon theme from Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) by Jerry Goldsmith.

Please note: these are just examples, as playing technique and mallet/stick choices often have a great effect on the timbre.

These sound excerpts, to the best of our knowledge (unless otherwise noted), include this actual instrument from our collection. To hear the instrument yourself, or to let us know of any errors, please contact us.