and A.S.T.I., as well as from STSI Surakarta. Suratno was a prolific pop and classical composer of over 400 works. He had over 200 cassettes in circulation and many of his songs were performed by popular singers on video and tape. In the 1980s he reshaped pop Sunda to include performance in the pélog tuning system; he created a large number of hit songs that used traditional ensembles like gamelan degung, and successfully blended pop music with Sundanese traditional music. He and his wife, the singer Dheniarsih, often presented performances for foreign visitors at the traditional outdoor stage built next to their home in Bandung. Suratno taught at the high school conservatory in Bandung, S.M.K.I., and has also taught abroad in Japan and the U.S.A. His album Kalangkang (English: Shadows) was a best seller in Sundanese music.
It contains a mix between traditional West Java music and pop. It features Detty Kurnia, a well known Sundanese singer. In his own words: "If a producer asks me to do a cassette, I will agree to do a fast popular piece for the title cut, but I try to insist that a more difficult piece be included, like a totally instrumental piece without vocal or even reference to a vocal melody. But these pieces don’t sell well, [partly] because the producers themselves aren’t brave enough to record them, saying 'nobody will buy this, it’s terlalu nyeni (too "arty".)' There are several of my pieces that couldn’t be distributed because the cassette producer didn’t want them. ...
If I am financially successful in the business world of pop music, it doesn’t mean that I am a hypocrite. I have to fill two pockets, one for my family, and one for my art, my "second wife." (Diamond, 1989a) Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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