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Hey Everyone am convincing my dad to teach me how to play various "Khmer Traditional Instruments" .... each weekend...that is.. so excited...

Note: no flaming or bushing on this cool post please embarassedlaugh.gif

He makes them to sell too over here.... and he teaches them too....
He is a great craftsmen making musical instrument I wanna him to make them all for me biggrin.gif
too... but for the sound qualities we need special woods...from ancient forest lol...and snake skin for drum wowowo.... biggrin.gif

Hoping to at less carry on his love for Khmer Musical Art...cause he's getting old....if I wait any-longer Alzheimer might get the best of his memories hehe ... laugh.gif

Here are photo of some of them below..and a brief description of each love2.gif ENJOY beerchug.gif :

(Bamboo flute)

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Follow this link to go to listen
to the instruments..and read some descriptions


khimm tauch (high-pitched hammered dulcimer)
and khimm thomm (low-pitched hammered dulcimer).
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Follow this link to go to listen to the instruments..and read some descriptions

Roneat Aek
(Bamboo/wooden xylophone)
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this link to go to listen to the instruments..and read some descriptions

Roneat Thung
(Large xylophone)
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Tror ou

is a low-pitched two-stringed fiddle.
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Thor so tauch

(medium high-pitched two-stringed fiddle)
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Chhing are cymbals.

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Korng Thomm

(Low-pitched circular frame gongs)
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Photo of more instrument To be continued....:

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source...go here and listen to original simple of artist whom survived the KR...
With characteristic styles specific to weddings, funerals, worship, dance, theatre, and even boxing, Cambodian classical music has been woven into the fabric of Cambodian life over many centuries. Its sustained peak was during the Angkor period (ninth-fifteenth centuries), when the temples of Angkor Wat were built and the classical arts flourished. After this glory period came four centuries of foreign invasion, civil war, and depopulation during which the arts fell into a decline.

Midway through the nineteenth century, stability was restored and music and other arts were revived. This period is considered the Cambodian renaissance. The next landmark in the history of Cambodian music is the reign of the Khmer Rouge (1975-79), when ninety percent of the country's musicians, dancers, teachers and instrument makers were killed or made to disappear, and most written records and documents were destroyed.

This attack on the artistic community was also a devastating attack on the history of music, because Cambodian music is learned, taught, and performed entirely from memory. The musicians and artisans lost were the repositories of their music's history. Traditionally, Cambodian music was passed from master to pupil, and generation to generation, often in a family setting. No composition ever bore the name of a composer and no two performances were ever identical.

Classical Cambodian music is based primarily on the five-tone scale (rather than the seven-tone scale most often used in Western music). It is constructed linearly, and has no harmony in the Western sense of the word. Musicians playing together in an ensemble all have a collective melody in mind, but develop and embellish it individually.

The strong foreign impact on the development of Cambodian music can be seen in instruments like the two-stringed fiddles from China and the double-headed barrel drums from India. Other major influences include Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, and Europe. Cambodian music uses a range of instruments, encompassing Buffalo horns, pipes, flutes, oboes, fiddles, dulcimers, zithers, lutes, xylophones, gongs, cymbals, and drums. Vocals are often an important element. Vocalists are traditionally female, while musicians are traditionally male.

Listen to a sample pinn peat ensemble The many different styles of Cambodian music are each played by a unique ensemble type with its own repertoire and general set of instruments. All ensembles specialize in one of two kinds of music: religious or secular. Two well-known ensemble types that play religious music are the pinn peat, or court ensemble, and the kar, or wedding ensemble. Other important religious ensembles are the korng skor, a drum and gong ensemble that plays funeral music, and the arrakk, an ensemble that plays music for spirit worship and communication, often to help bring a medium into a trance.

The pinn peat ensemble plays the ceremonial music of the former courts. A wind and percussion based ensemble of approximately nine or ten instruments, it accompanies court dance, masked play, shadow play, and religious ceremonies. It is one of the most ancient ensemble types and is closely associated with the Angkor period. In fact, its history is carved into the walls of Angkor Wat in the shapes of the instruments held by celestial dancers, such as the gong called korng and the small cymbals called chhing, both of which have been essential to the pinn peat ensemble for centuries.

The kar ensemble plays the music of weddings, and few villages in Cambodia are without one. It is made up of seven wind, string, and percussive instruments, and vocals. Cambodian wedding ceremonies can last up to three days and nights, and are accompanied by music almost continuously. Originally, kar music was thought to have a blessing power that made it too important to risk allowing young, inexperienced men to play, so kar ensembles were restricted to the oldest and most serious musicians.

Listen to a sample mohori ensemble The mohori ensemble is the most renowned ensemble that plays secular music. Heard at banquets, accompanying folk dances, or playing an evening concert, mohori music is purely for entertainment, and its repertoire can include anything from lullabies to love songs to narratives. Generally, the vocalist and the ensemble alternate their renditions. This large ensemble is almost always string-based, although the exact instrumentation varies depending upon patronage. The term is also used in Thai music, and the instrumentation is often the same as Khmer mohori music, although the songs are different.

(Small double-headed barrel drum)

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Sralai Thomm

(Quadruple-reed shawm)

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(Drum)(Quadruple-reed shawm)

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VIDEOS OF Orchestra biggthumpup.gif

Khmer traditional song melody. Some of these songs are also being play at the wedding.

* Melody - One

*Melody - Two

* Melody - Three

* More Khmer melody music

One of my favorite wedding song by Eang Sithol.
* Sitho-1 (Windows Media)

Listen to roots Music from Cambodia today, old and new. Sin Sisamuth, Pichenda, Eang Sithol, Him Sivon, Noy Vanneth, Yen Sarin, etc.


Khmer Ler and Talong

These styles are also known as khmer surin and are strongly influenced by the kantrum (also kondrin) music of the Khmer-speaking people of the border provinces in Thailand's lower Issan region. Performers include Chan Samai, Oeun Sreymom, Phae Phongrak, Srey Roth, Tony Lai.

Ram Vong

Ram vong is a music style played to accompany the traditional circle dance of the same name, performed by Chan Samai, Oeun Sreymom, Touch Sreynich, Him Sivon, Man Saren, Noy Vanneth, Chin Soriya, Choeun Odom, Song Vicha, Kong Dy Nar.

Ram Kbach
Ram kbach is also a dance style but is based on classical Khmer court music. For melodic beauty and emotional appeal, it compares with Thailand's luk thung music. Performers are Touch Sreynich, Noy Vanneth, Ith Srey Pin, Oeun Sreymom.

Saravan and Lam Lao

Ram saravan and lam lao (also lam leav) are, as the names suggest, derived from the music of Laos. Since the music of southern Laos derives from Mon-Khmer styles, it could be argued that this was originally all Khmer music. Performers are Song Vicha, Choun Sovan Chhay, Oeun Sreymom.


Traditional song:
will be updated later hehe
nice flute, wanna own one
so how much for the instruments??
Very informative. Thanks. biggrin.gif
My pops has a python skin scor (drum), he plays in a wedding band.
ThankQ for stopping by everyone...... beerchug.gif
I am happy to share info on our culture to those interested...not a problem at all biggthumpup.gif

He sell them to the Khmer's community here....very cheap hehe....or sometimes he volantor to make it for free...
because he loves to do it embarassedlaugh.gif .....however he do not sell it anywhere else LOL laugh.gif

Hi "MikeyMenace" that is so cool.....your dad is a musician too....I love traditional music...its so relaxing and calming icon_redface.gif you have photos of the band playing confused.gif it'll be so cool if you do....can we see them too??? biggrin.gif

I got a couple of flutes when i went to cambodia last summer.
I taught myself ow o play the Bamboo flute and it is quite a fun instrument to play biggthumpup.gif
The last one is an illustration of a Mahori orchestra like from the mid 1800s. I will post more later, there is differet types of orchestra.
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This is a modern-day version of the Mahori. It's somewhat different from the older versions. They don't use the chappey or kong vong in Today's mahori. And they use different type of Tro.

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Arak is very somber. Characterized by the instrument that sounds like a kazoo.
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Pleng Kar is sounds like a mix of Arak and Mahori.
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And Pinpeat is the used for classical dance and as well as for the palace and religious ceremonies.
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Sorry for double post. :P
It's really cool how you really appreciate your heritage! Cheers from Indonesia! beerchug.gif
i had a bamboo flute from cambodia. it was so simply made, yet it worked.. the holes and notes were burned off and given a finish dye for color. i played it till it broke o_o ....
hey mushroom where did you find those old pictures from the 1800's? i really want to see more pictures from the olden times.
Thank you "Mushroom "for posting those ancient instruments photos....
they are very intriguing....and inspiring as well..........
in terms of design....quality and art form.... love2.gif I love those photos biggthumpup.gif

Wonder how they vary in sound in according to their design...structure....material...and sizes... biggrin.gif would be so cool if there is a recording of how each of those ancient instruments wonder if they have stores in Khmer or the USA....selling ancient style of instruments..... beerchug.gif

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hey mushroom where did you find those old pictures from the 1800's? i really want to see more pictures from the olden times.

They are from very old books covering Asia. A lot of them are French. Just look in your public library. Almost every city library should have at least one book with pictures like those.
You, maybe, were mistaken?
You have quickly thought up such matchless answer?
This is pretty cool. Thank you for making such an informative post. It's posts like these which make me visit AF, allows one to learn about other cultures.

The khim tauch looks very similar to this Vietnamese instrument whose name I don't know in this video - the one played by the front woman

I'm thinking whether it comes to Vietnam from Cambodia or some SEA country
You forgot the chapei!
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