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Music Of Cambodia

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1. Sathouka - Pinpeat Orch
2. Trach Toch - Pinpeat Orch
3. Kaman Prathom - Pinpeat Orch
4. Lar Smeur Rou - Pinpeat Orch
5. Kravnay Chorn Chup - Pinpeat Orch
6. Pyadeun - Pinpeat Orch
7. Sompougn Klay - Taam Ming
8. Klang Chanat - Taam Ming
9. Trapeang Pey - Taam Ming
10. Lam - Srlay Solo
11. Somplov - Trot Orch
12. Lam (Part 1) - Trot Orch
13. Lam (Part 2) - Trot Orch
14. Neang Meo - Trot Orch

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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Recording Sept. 4 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is a very nice CD. Tracks 1 thru 6 are pinpeat music, which is the Cambodian xylophone orchestra. The pinpeat music on this recording, however, has a more homestyle feeling than the national/royal pinpeat of the capital city, Phnom Penh. Nonetheless, it's just as festive as all pinpeat music. Tracks 7 thru 9 are Khmer funeral music, utilizing the 9-gong instrument in the CD's title. These tracks are kinda lengthy and, personally, make me sleepy. Track 10 is a sralai(Khmer oboe/shawm) solo. Tracks 11 thru 14 are music of the Samreh minority group from northwestern Cambodia. These are folksongs sometimes accompanied by drums, fiddles, and shawms(tracks 11 and 14), but the other tracks(12 and 13) are just solo voices. The songs are soulful and happy, retaining a tribal style. Overall, this is a good CD, but a little unbalanced, considering that this isn't one whole CD, but one third of a 3 CD collection...I enjoy this CD, but I would reccomend that others buy the whole box set which contains this CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ancient as Angkor itself!!! Aug. 23 2000
Format:Audio CD
The Music of Cambodia "9 Gong Gamelan" Vol. 1 gives a rare insight into some of Cambodia's rare orchestras and the more common pin-peat orchestra that was believed to have been around during the Angkorean period. The pin-peat orchestra varies from region to region in Cambodia. This orchestra was associated with court dance, shadow theatre, masked theatre and temple functions or ceremonies. It's compositions are hazy and very mystical especially the version of the pin-peat orchestra recorded here in the album. To some extent it sounds like the gamelan orchestra of Indonesia because of the gong-chimes that give it the metallic and hazy shimmer. The typical pin-peat orchestra wound comprise of two wooden xylophones, one being a lead (roneat ek) and the other with a low pitch (roneat thung), a metallophone (roneat dek), two sets of gong-chimes (khong-vong thom and khong-vong toch) that are mounted on rattan frames, two large bass drums (skor thom), barrel drum mounted on a stand (samphor), an oboe (sralay) and a few other instruments that are also featured. The rare taam ming orchestra that has never been heard outside of Seam Reap Province was just one of the album's achievements because, it's very rare to hear music outside of Cambodia. The taam ming orchestra would be performed during or at funerals. It's very different from the pin-peat orchestra because, of the ghostly and yet slow, somber compositions. Giving it that kind of sad, lonely, sorrowful and mournful atmosphere. The instrumentation in the orchestra includes, one large bass drum (skor thom), a larger gong (khong), oboe (sralay) and a nine gong instrument itself. Two tracks are accompanied by a male vocal who sings mournful songs making adding a very haunting theme to the whole composition. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Recording Sept. 4 2000
By "yingsat" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a very nice CD. Tracks 1 thru 6 are pinpeat music, which is the Cambodian xylophone orchestra. The pinpeat music on this recording, however, has a more homestyle feeling than the national/royal pinpeat of the capital city, Phnom Penh. Nonetheless, it's just as festive as all pinpeat music. Tracks 7 thru 9 are Khmer funeral music, utilizing the 9-gong instrument in the CD's title. These tracks are kinda lengthy and, personally, make me sleepy. Track 10 is a sralai(Khmer oboe/shawm) solo. Tracks 11 thru 14 are music of the Samreh minority group from northwestern Cambodia. These are folksongs sometimes accompanied by drums, fiddles, and shawms(tracks 11 and 14), but the other tracks(12 and 13) are just solo voices. The songs are soulful and happy, retaining a tribal style. Overall, this is a good CD, but a little unbalanced, considering that this isn't one whole CD, but one third of a 3 CD collection...I enjoy this CD, but I would reccomend that others buy the whole box set which contains this CD.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ancient as Angkor itself!!! Aug. 23 2000
By Kean Chhay Chang - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The Music of Cambodia "9 Gong Gamelan" Vol. 1 gives a rare insight into some of Cambodia's rare orchestras and the more common pin-peat orchestra that was believed to have been around during the Angkorean period. The pin-peat orchestra varies from region to region in Cambodia. This orchestra was associated with court dance, shadow theatre, masked theatre and temple functions or ceremonies. It's compositions are hazy and very mystical especially the version of the pin-peat orchestra recorded here in the album. To some extent it sounds like the gamelan orchestra of Indonesia because of the gong-chimes that give it the metallic and hazy shimmer. The typical pin-peat orchestra wound comprise of two wooden xylophones, one being a lead (roneat ek) and the other with a low pitch (roneat thung), a metallophone (roneat dek), two sets of gong-chimes (khong-vong thom and khong-vong toch) that are mounted on rattan frames, two large bass drums (skor thom), barrel drum mounted on a stand (samphor), an oboe (sralay) and a few other instruments that are also featured. The rare taam ming orchestra that has never been heard outside of Seam Reap Province was just one of the album's achievements because, it's very rare to hear music outside of Cambodia. The taam ming orchestra would be performed during or at funerals. It's very different from the pin-peat orchestra because, of the ghostly and yet slow, somber compositions. Giving it that kind of sad, lonely, sorrowful and mournful atmosphere. The instrumentation in the orchestra includes, one large bass drum (skor thom), a larger gong (khong), oboe (sralay) and a nine gong instrument itself. Two tracks are accompanied by a male vocal who sings mournful songs making adding a very haunting theme to the whole composition. There is a solo oboe (sralay) performing a very beautiful composition. The last orchestra is the trott orchestra. This orchestra is unlike the two previous orchestras because, they don't have any gong instruments. The music is very tribal and brings it's that closeness to nature and atmopshere. Instead of gongs, they have a folk-fiddle (tro), folk-shawm (pey-or), drums (skors), rattles and shakers making it very exotic accompanied by male vocals, and there is also a track with an a cappella sung by a trio of male singers. This album is very mysterious like Angkor itself. All the musicians who took part in making this album are from rural background, yet their skills are very high. Recording music from Angkor is a great achievement itself. For those who want something rare and usual from what Cambodia has to offer. Then this album should be the one. Having an opportunity to listen or hear music that is beautifully recorded and mastered is very rare especially from Cambodia which had about three decades ago suffered during the war.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nicely played, good liner notes, just very .... just very stripped down. June 22 2014
By Paul Lawrence - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Renowned producer David Parsons recorded a set of three releases in the early 1990s of Cambodian music of which this is the first - the others being based around Royal Court Music and Solo Instrumental Music.

Perhaps the greatest aspect of this CD is that it has a booklet describing the music track by track. From the instruments being used to the purposes of the music. It is great for the layperson or collector of traditional music. We also get some historical context in the booklet though of course serious historical students will be looking elsewhere for a far fuller context.

Musically this is a disc broken up into sections - there are several instrumental tracks, a few with mournful funerary chants and then a couple more instrumental pieces at the end. There is a distinct lack of liveliness in most of these pieces (fair enough in the funeral dirges) and in the instrumental pieces there is a lot of piercing, reedy high pitched aspects of the music that can grate on the eardrums of those not accustomed to such.

Having said that this CD is available in a three disc set and if you have an interest you would be well served by taking the plunge and buying the whole thing as whether it converts you or not you will have given Cambodian traditional music a fair shake and broadened your musical horizons.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Khmer March 2 2014
By Justadude253 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Bought this for my parents. They hated it. Said I should've gave them the money instead of wasting it on the disc.
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