Traditional Music Team
At one end of the spirit houses at Pich Nil mountain pass, a group of children sat playing traditional musical instruments, raising money for their Traditional Music Team. The music is pleasant to listen to. The instruments were equally interesting; having only ever seen a traditional xylophone or Roneat ek played at one of the temples, this is so much more.
Traditional Music team – Fund raising Pich Nil Mountain Pass
Listen to the music, see the full complement of instruments and the Traditional Music Team playing…
Gong Circle Chimes
First, the gong chimes or kong vong toch (kong toch). This is a gong circle created from sixteen bossed gongs made of a copper and bronze mixture. The gongs, suspended on a rattan frame in a circle around the player. The musicians use soft mallets when playing the instrument indoors, and hard mallets when playing the instrument outdoors.
There are two sizes in this traditional instrument as you can see above – The Kong vong toch (kong toch) is a small gong circle, the large gong circle is known as Kong vong thom (kong thom).
Khmer traditional xylophone
A Khmer traditional xylophone (above) known as “Roneat Dek” is a Cambodian metallophone, different to the ‘Roneat ek‘ in shape and sound. It is an ancient instrument believed to have originated from the Royal Courts before the Angkor period. The metallophone consists of tuned metal bars, a mallet used to strike the notes to play the music. The bars or the sound box of this ancient instrument are usually plain with very little decoration.
‘Roneat ek’ Xylophone
There are two ‘Roneat ek’ xylophone’s being played in the Traditional Music Team as well as the Roneat Dek metallophone. The roneat ek is built in the shape of a curved,rectangular shaped boat. It has twenty-one thick bamboo or hard wood bars, played using two long beaters about 40 cm long with soft disks for indoors, or hard disks for playing outdoors. It can be seen to the right of the drum in the photo above.
There are three drums, the striped drum, (just behind the young boy’s left shoulder) called a “Samphoo” barrel drum, beaten with hands or sticks. The other two drums (like taiko drums) are known as skor thom and played with drumsticks
The children are raising money for the Khmer traditional music team, a very worth-while cause. So much of their music and traditions lost to them during the the Khmer rouge era. Cambodian music is not written, but passed down from generation to generation.
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