Becker and Walton hope LS&A will take on the gamelan--the orchestra, Walton notes, has "launched [students] into international studies. That happens over and over again."LS&A hasn't said no, but it hasn't made any commitments, either. A combination of space limitations and an administrative transition, from the university presidency on down, has left a lot of decision making up in the air. "It's not that nobody sympathizes; it's 'We think it's a good idea, but it's somebody else's problem,'" Becker says. And a university facilities manager told Walton that there was "absolutely no space" for the gamelan anywhere on Central Campus.
If you've got extra space and think you'd like to hear the sound Claude Debussy described as "fantastically rich--melodically, rhythmically, texture (such orchestration!) and above all formally" around the house, Walton says she would "absolutely" explore the idea of a new off-campus home for the gamelan--as long as it's close enough for students to get to. It can be stored fairly compactly, but needs a room about the size of a university classroom to set up.
[Originally published in March, 2014.]