Jal Tarang, Chromatic Bowl Set
(Rice Bowls, Tuned Bowls, Jaltarang, Jal Ta Rang)
Mfg. by Various
Chromatic set. Many other pitches available (see microtonal set). Classical Indian instrument. Traditional set available as well.
Emil Richards was intrigued by jal tarang when using Ravi Shankar’s for the recording of Charly (1968). So, when Emil visited Bombay, India on his honeymoon in 1972, he bought a set of his own. In addition to adding a new timbre to scores, Emil accentuated high tuned gongs with the much higher jal tarang. For performances, he usually used a small wooden dowel, as it was delicate enough to create a more sustained ringing sound, unlike a spoon or larger utensils which he found to be too harsh.
Please note: these are just examples, as playing technique and mallet/stick choices often have a great effect on the timbre.
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