Gamelan music was created by Sang Hyang Java Guru, in 230 A.D. to speak with the gods, previous to Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Catholicism gods, ancient gods, who had always been there, on the island. Gods who had not come by boat or fallen from the sky. Gods so close you could talk to them.
Gods they called gods because such was this manifestation of nature, life, exuberance, and such was the perception of those people, even susceptible to marvel and feel adoration for the shelter of forests and rivers, the beauty and warmth of the animals and plants, the fertility of the volcanic soils, the cooing of rain on the leaves, and the dreaminess fog.
It is easy to imagine how the people of Java, absolutely enraptured by this absolute nature that surrendered worship, needed to communicate with her in long conversations.
Of such sensitivity they arranged for it, their conversations has come so far, delicate, complex, alive.
Javanese, Sundanese and Madurese, inhabitants of the island were impregnated by the language of their surroundings, and deciphered and coded by Gamelan, a unique musical system in the world.
His interpretation is the result of work of a community. As a composite body always they play in groups that can get to consist of several dozen musicians. Each interpreter seeks synchronized with the set, to fuse with it. And so the conversation takes place.
In the following links you can find much more information about Java, forests and Gamelan music.
I hope you enjoy it.
JAVA AND ITS FORESTS
Acording to Wikipedia
Home of endangered Java Rhino
Protecting the last forests of Java.
Java acording WWF
What can you do to protect Java
Top forests in Java acording to Trip Advisor
JAVA AND ITS RAINFOREST