If you’re in the Balinese countryside when night descends, you’ll see stars twinkle in inky skies while fireflies dance in the rice fields, and you’ll likely hear the percussive, syncopated sound of a local gamelan troupe, their haunting tones floating on the cooling night breeze. A gamelan is a gong, but a gamelan orchestra involves 30-40 musicians playing gongs of different tones, the xylophone-esque gangsa and two-sided drums, played with mallets. Every village has an orchestra and the music is almost always entrancing, best heard when a troupe of dancers pound their bare feet and cock their heads to tell a story. Any dance performance and all cremations involve gamelan music, and boutiques throughout the island sell CDs that make a fun momento. If you’re so inspired, the instruments are for sale in music shops too.