Lokananta, Historical and Legendary Music Studio

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(Photo: Mia Kamila)

IO – There are many historical places in Solo, one of which is the Lokananta museum. This place is claimed to be the nation’s first music studio. The reason is, in it stores a collection of sound recordings from the era of the Proclamation of Indonesian Independence.

Lokananta is a familiar name to those who are music fans of the 1960s to 1990s, since Lokananta is said to be an important milestone in the history of the development of the music industry in the archipelago.

First established on October 29, 1956, Lokananta is now about six decades old. The recording studio is located at Jl. Ahmad Yani no. 379, Kerten, Laweyan, Solo is also a place for legendary Indonesian musicians to produce their great works.

A number of famous singers such as Gesang, Waldjinah, Titiek Puspa, Bing Slamet, to Anggun C. Sasmi recorded their golden voices here. However, in the 80s the name Lokananta was buried. In fact, not a few Solo residents think this legendary studio has closed.

It is not until 2012 that Lokananta got back up again. Several well “known Indonesian musicians have started recording their songs here, from Glenn Fredly, White Shoes and The Couples Company, Pandai Besi, Shaggydog, to Senyawa.

The  Lokananta  Museum  also stores thousands of collections related to the development of the Indonesian music industry and cultural arts. One of them is the Lokananta Kyai Sri Kuncoro Mulyo gamelan set. This gamelan is said to have existed since the time of Prince Diponegoro and was brought to Solo in 1937 by R. Moelyosoehardjo as the first heir.

The term Lokananta itself comes from the Sanskrit language which roughly means ‘gamelan in Kahyangan which reads without a drummer.’ The existence of this gamelan also often appears in several legendary wayang stories.

It is said that, according to several circulating stories, the gamelan collection at the Lokananta Museum often sounds by itself every night. Not only that, but this museum is also the place for President Soekarno when he read the text of the Proclamation. The recording is a re-recording made in 1951 or six years after Indonesia’s independence.” (Mia Kamila)