Ladrang Siyem

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Ladrang Siyem

Composed by: Traditional Javanese
Arranged by: Ben Harbert

In a feat of musical globe-trotting, "Ladrang Siyem" is a 1929 adaptation of a Western-influenced Thai tune – "Sanrasoen Phra Barami" – that has been reclaimed on electric guitars. Its irregular melodic contours set it at odds with more traditional Javanese fare. The dense interlocking fabric of this piece, however, is squarely rooted in Javanese arrangement techniques, fitting surprisingly well on electric guitars.