A Tingklik is a bamboo percussion instrument from Bali. It's often used for "Rindik" music, so is sometimes referred to as a Rindik itself. Rindik music usually involves two Tingklik players and a single Suling (bamboo flute).
A Tingklik typically has 11 bamboo tubes, although ours has 12. The longest bamboo is about a metre long for the lowest pitch. With five notes per octave, the range is just over 2 octaves. The tubes are suspended using string over a brightly coloured wooden frame.
The player sits on the ground and strikes the bamboo tubes with rubber-tipped mallets. The player uses both hands, bouncing the mallets in a constant rhythm. The left hand usually plays the melody and the right hand plays an accompaniment to it. If there are two players, the right hand parts are often interlocking (a technique called kotekan), giving an illusion of very extremely fast playing--a "bubbling chatter of bamboo brilliance."
The Live Instrument Racks
The Tingklik Live Pack features extremely detailed stereo sampling, with 14 velocity layers and 6 Round-robin alternate samples, for the most organic, expressive sound possible. The Instrument Racks are provided in a choice of the original or chromatic western tuning. For authenticity, there are also paired Tingklik presets, which includes two Tingkliks panned out left and right with a slight detune. This is a simulation of the typical pair of instruments you might hear in Rindik music.
As well as the natural instruments, there is a set of creative sound-design instruments, which process and warp the Tingklik sample set with the many effects available in Live. These are great for less natural productions with an electronic edge.