The Venerable Lake of Honey is under threat.
The University of Michigan's Javanese gamelan, named Kyai Telaga Madu ("Venerable Lake of Honey"), was purchased by U-M musicologist Bill Malm in 1966. Two years later music prof Judith Becker formed an ensemble of students and community members to play the ensemble's dozens of instruments. The gamelan is the classical Indonesian orchestra of hammered metal melody instruments, winds, drums, and a big gong. The instruments produce a labyrinth of cycles within cycles within cycles, and their sound carries something of the depth of Indonesia's