Sunda refers to the aproximate western third region of the Island of Java. the Gamelan Degung, a princely music used for ceremonies in the courts, dates back to the 17th century, but has its roots in much older tradtions.
Sundanese Gamelan is characterized by a trademark sense of beautiful melody, coupled with a suble, crystaline aproach to poly-rhythmic complexity. the midrange bell tones are somewhat akin to a xylophone, with gorgeous flute melodies flying high above, and underpinned below by the awesome quakes of a majestic bass gong (same effect as the diving "hoover-bass" of jungle).
a nocturnal, other-worldly mood pervades on this disc; much more than mere "pretty" in the conventional sense, this music can go from heart-breaking to outright sinister - often at the same time. just play track 7 with the volume up and the lights dimmed...