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    Bali music in KoF97

    Just saw this on reddit, and I knew it sounded familiar, and around 2 minutes in it clicked.




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    Hahaha awesome find. I found that Bali stage to be my favorite exactly because of this.

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    Soo cool. Thanks for sharing.

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    This was 97. It still was SNK.
    They knew their shit.

    Good stuff dude.

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    My Indonesian wife reports that this song is called "Kecak" dance. It is a dance of the possessed.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kecak

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    Hey, I went to Bali last month! Wish I saw this sooner.

    Quote Originally Posted by gusmoney View Post
    My Indonesian wife reports that this song is called "Kecak" dance. It is a dance of the possessed.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kecak
    Cool, where's your wife from? I only went to Jakarta, Yogyakarta and then all over Bali. Gotta go back a second time, that country is huge.

    I don't wanna sound like an ass, but in the music for 97, the kecak chant is only a part of the sound - instruments are not used in kecak, it's only the men chanting.

    The instrumental sound comes from the Legong dance: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legong

    So, SNK took two styles of Balinese music and mashed them together!

    Now, onto the stage background itself. I just prt-sc'd some parts while watching a video so sorry for potato quality.

    In the middle we can see Legong dancers and the Barong monster (king of the spirits and personification of good; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barong_mythology)

    kof97.jpg

    And on the left side we can see Gamelan musicians (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gamelan)

    kof97a.jpg

    Let's compare those with some of my own pictures from watching the Legong & Barong dance at Ubud Palace:

    kof97b.jpg

    kof97c.jpg

    kof97d.jpg

    Looks like the 97 designers sure did their homework! It makes me wonder if any of them had visited Bali before?

    The final question is, where does this stage take place exactly? I think it's fair to say it's somewhere in Ubud - which is considered the cultural center of Bali. I want to say it's in the Ubud Palace, but considering the famous entrance isn't included in the background, I'll just go with 'somewhere in Ubud' and leave it at that.

    edit: On the right side of the screen is the kecak chant, more details here:
    http://www.culturaneogeo.com/localiz....htm#indonesia
    Last edited by LoneSage; 08-03-2015 at 12:21 AM.

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    Thanks for expounding on this LS. Very interesting stuff that I missed on first blush. I enjoy the gamelan and didn't notice the musicians there. Great photos too.

    Quote Originally Posted by LoneSage View Post
    Cool, where's your wife from? I only went to Jakarta, Yogyakarta and then all over Bali. Gotta go back a second time, that country is huge.
    My wife is from Surabaya, Indonesia's second largest city.

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