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The eruption of Mount Tambora in 1815

Die heftigste je aufgezeichnete Explosion
Anfang April 1815 brach in Indonesien der Vulkan Tambora aus - das Jahr 1816 ging deshalb als das "Jahr ohne Sommer " in die Geschichte ein

English traded the small island of Run for Manhattan

Run - Pulau Run, Pulo Run, Puloroon, or Rhun is one of the smallest islands of the Banda Islands
European control of the Bandas was contested up until 1667 when, under the Treaty of Breda (1667), the English traded the small island of Run for Manhattan, giving the Dutch full control of the Banda archipelago.

Run - Pulau Run, Pulo Run, Puloroon, or Rhun

John Cage -Three Dances for two amplified Prepared Pianos, No. 1

John Cage had a suite of "Three Dances for Two Prepared Pianos" that very purposefully attempts to emulate the sound of Gamelan orchestras.

Instruments of the World: Kulintang - Southern Philippines

There's also kulintang in the Southern Philippines, which is similar and are related by similar ancient roots.

JOGJA HIP HOP FOUNDATION

A short film by Vincent Moon about how Jogja Hip Hop Foundation did live performance in a village that was wrecked by Mount Merapi eruption in Central Java, where they also became volunteers in the aftermath. Shot in Ploso Kerep Village.