The first-year music rotation students were so interested in the Balinese Kecak (see video in previous entry) that I found some resources to help us create our own monkey chant. We read an abbreviated version of the story from the Ramayana that is depicted in the Kecak, then tried out a variety of vocal parts to creating our own interlocking monkey rhythm. To try our hand at some gamelan-style playing, we then transferred our parts to percussion instruments.
We also created a Monkey Chant in our World Music class, as part of our study of the gamelan. Check out some of our jams!
First-year Monkey Chant
First-year Monkey Jam on instruments
World Music Monkey Jam on instruments (same rhythms, very different sound!)