"Some of the tapes are unmarked with the artists unknown," Bishop writes in his brief liner notes "[A]ll of them are decaying documents of various sound quality containing some of the most eccentric artifacts." The label's second disc, Radio Java, moves even further away from the traditional CD compilation by simply presenting whatever sounds Bishop chose to tape off the radio--"news snippets, folk music, radio commercials, Jakarta DJs, the west Java Sundanese sound, spooky theater extracts, and high octane Jaipongan
variations that are completely over the top," is all the explanation he provides for what we're hearing.
Didik not only combines references and dance segments from other traditions, he may also, for example, wear a mask of Balinese inspiration while using dance movements influenced by the West Javanese jaipongan
Some chapters provide a contemporary picture of a particular performance genre, such as Victoria Clara van Groendendael's essay on Chinese glove-puppet theatre (Po-te-hi), Wim van Zanten's study of Sundanese carita pantun and tembang, Jean Hellwig's report on jaipongan
, and Paul Wolbers' paper on Banyuwangi seblang and its music, all of which are useful descriptive records of those genres at a certain point of time, namely the mid- to late 1980s, (in the case of Po-te-hi, providing the first "update" since Pigeaud and Moens in 1938 and 1949 respectively).
When it becomes fully known on the world musical scene, dangdut may eventually rival Trinidad's calypso and Jamaica's reggae.(131) Another distinctive, recent popular musical style in Indonesia is jaipongan
, which is an example of a regional (Sundanese) popular music and dance style that has no Western influence whatever; it has been studied by Gunawan Subagio, Peter Manuel and Randall Baier, and Sean Williams.(132)