In the year 1580 Sir Fancis Darke an explorer found Java and spoke of its wonderful music. He also talked of the materials the instruments were made of such as bronze, brass, iron, wood, bamboo etc. Gamelan is like an orcastra that can consists of 30 people or more. The people in Gamelan commonly play bronze instruments. Some of the instruments played by Gamelan players play are; Rebab (two stringed bowed instrument), Gender (bronze keys suspended over bamboo or metal pipes)etc.
The music in Indonesia is generally used for entertainment such as puppet plays, dances and other community events. This music is usually made with drums, gongs, string instruments etc. Dongdut is an Indonesian from of pop music. The people who create the music play western instruments like electric guitars, drums etc but also play traditional bamboo flutes and wooden hand drums etc.