April 12, 2019
Thai music has its own rhythm. Phu Thai has its own rhythm, Lam Phloen and its own rhythm. To add to that, depending on the music, the way they use it is decided, like, this rhythm for this scene in the ceremony (festivals or annual events), and this rhythm for this ceremony. It has a very strong cultural element. Also, Thai music is subdivided in to many genres. Let’s look at Isaan (North of Thailand) first. In Isaan, there are genres such as Luk thung, Molam, Luk thung Isaan*. As for Molam, there are subgenres and it is divided according to each province and region. From standard Molam, Lam Klon*, Lam Pung*, Lam Plern*, Lam Tuui*, Lam Peng*, Lam Phuthai*, Tangwaai* are examples. And of course, specializes exist in each one of them. Isaan music is performed with instruments from Isaan, such as phin or khene. The tones are characteristic, and when following the roots, it is connected to Laos.
Kantrum music* is a genre from south Isaan, and is a genre born from the connection with Khmer. Krungthep* is a genre from Bangkok and has a different focus. Luk Krung* and Luk Thung is a production from Bangkok. From way before, most of the production and management of Luk Thung series were based in Bangkok. Then, there is Nang Talung* which is music derived from the southern shadow music. Manorah is typical of Nang Talung music. It’s from the southern region so the Malay element is mixed as well. Originally in the southern music, there are instruments such as Pee* or Pee Chawa* which is a kind of a whistle. Talung has is own unique groove mixed in, and has established an uncommon sound.
Laeh* is music from Suphan Buri Province. It is a sound born in a place where it’s called the first gate of Isaan, and you can also call it a Temple music since it has deep connection with Buddhism. The characteristics of this music is that there are many songs with details related to temples and religion such as Buddhism. Because of such background, Laeh music faces oppression. Recently, it’s more committed to business over culture, and there are more songs which have contents related to daily life or entertainment, but it was originally roots music. Molam is the same thing.
*Luk Thung Isaan:
One of the genres of Lunk thung, sang in the Isan language, for the people of Isan, named by Surin Paksiri.
A style of performance by one khene, sang by a couple or two men. Klon means “poem”.
A style of performance where one person sings with only khene as a background. One of the oldest styles in Molam.
“Plern” means to enjoy. Was originally dance music of the Molam play.
A courtship Lam sang in Lam Klone. In 7 inch, it is common that male/female songs are recorded on A-side/B-side as a pair.
A type of Lam designed by Doi Inthanon in the early 80s.
A Molam style of the Phuthai tribe. A Lam style with deep impression as if you’re crawling on the ground.
A Lam style of southern Lam, which went viral in Laos in the 70s. Monruedee Phromchal brought it to Isan and became a huge hit in Thailand as well.
Music from places with strong Khumer culture in Isan, such as Surin or Buriram.
Khmer Empire is a kingdom which existed in southeast Asia from the 9th century to the 15th century, and was the kingdom which was the base of Cambodia. The Khmer are the southeast Asian tribe, centered in Cambodia. They cover 90% of the population in Cambodia,and also live in Northeast Thailand, Southern Laos, and Southern Vietnam.
An abbreviation of Krungthep Maha Nakhon. It is the capital of the Kingdom of Thailand, which means Bangkok. The word Bangkok is used by foreigners.
A genre in Thai popular music, and it has the style of a stylish city more than an ethnic music. It was born around 1931 when Prajadhipok achieved change of government, in a form of lyrics reflecting the voices of the people.
A shadow puppet show in South Thai. Similar performing arts can be seen in Cambodia, Malaysia and Indonesia. Performance consists of dolls, narrator, actor and musician.
Music of South Thai mythology play.
Pee is a free reed whistle which is being passed on in Thailand. It emits the sound by covering the reed part with mouth and blowing it strong. There are 7 finger holes on the front side.
One of the traditional instruments of Thailand.
A music genre which added tone and rhythm to the preaching of Buddhism and made it like a folk song. It went around the public after a court scholar reorganized the Pali Buddhist doctrine and it spread with the monk’s preaching. It was praised as the raising of national prestige during Sarit/Thanong administration.
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