Mouse over the images to hear the
various sounds of the Gendung.
The gendung is covered by a skin or
head on both ends of the hollow wooden cylinder. One end (the ibu) is covered by
calfskin, is slightly larger in diameter, and is tuned somewhat lower. The
other end (the anak) is covered by goatskin, is slightly smaller in diameter, and is tuned
a bit higher. The drum is placed across the seated player's lap and is
played by slapping the two ends with the hands. The gendung can
produce many different sounds depending on how hard it is struck, where on the
head it is struck (e.g. near the rim, versus at the center), and whether it is
allowed to resonate or muted with the hand.