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Have you seen this! Amazing music.

manitas_at_work 13 May 09 - 08:48 AM
VirginiaTam 13 May 09 - 09:11 AM
Beer 13 May 09 - 09:13 AM
Mr Happy 13 May 09 - 09:33 AM
johnadams 13 May 09 - 09:50 AM
Fred McCormick 13 May 09 - 09:58 AM
Crow Sister (off with the fairies) 13 May 09 - 10:26 AM
breezy 13 May 09 - 10:27 AM
GUEST,John from Kemsing 13 May 09 - 10:56 AM
johnadams 13 May 09 - 11:15 AM
IanC 13 May 09 - 11:36 AM
CarolC 13 May 09 - 11:45 AM
Jack Campin 13 May 09 - 12:56 PM
Martin Harwood 13 May 09 - 01:42 PM
Jack Campin 13 May 09 - 01:50 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 13 May 09 - 01:51 PM
Jim Dixon 13 May 09 - 03:35 PM
Lizzie Cornish 1 13 May 09 - 03:42 PM
GUEST,Johnadams at Pete Coe's house 13 May 09 - 06:17 PM
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Subject: Have you seen this! Amazing music.
From: manitas_at_work
Date: 13 May 09 - 08:48 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMgw9xI-OcY&feature=related


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Subject: RE: Have you seen this!
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 13 May 09 - 09:11 AM

kewl


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Subject: RE: Have you seen this!
From: Beer
Date: 13 May 09 - 09:13 AM

I have to admit I have never seen this instrument before. Great sound.
Beer (adrien)


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Subject: RE: Have you seen this!
From: Mr Happy
Date: 13 May 09 - 09:33 AM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khene


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Subject: RE: Have you seen this!
From: johnadams
Date: 13 May 09 - 09:50 AM

It's a cool sound but looking at the exit from the tune it would seem that he's not actually playing the instrument. The sound decays AFTER he's taken the instrument from his mouth. Returning to watch his finger movements they don't seem to be doing much else but mimicking the playing.

Is it synthesized I wonder?

J


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Subject: RE: Have you seen this!
From: Fred McCormick
Date: 13 May 09 - 09:58 AM

Wouldn't have thought so John. It looks to me from the size of the instrument that it would take a moment or two after the player had stopped playing, to exhaust the sound. Rather in the way that the bagpipes do. They've got some great instruments in SE Asia.


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Subject: RE: Have you seen this!
From: Crow Sister (off with the fairies)
Date: 13 May 09 - 10:26 AM

Sometimes sound and visuals are not in synch on YouTube. That may also be a factor.


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Subject: RE: Have you seen this!
From: breezy
Date: 13 May 09 - 10:27 AM

well thats the first lesson done, its a short scale of 7 notes that are chords .

wasnt convinced with the first clip !

thanks for pointing this out manitas at work!!


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Subject: RE: Have you seen this!
From: GUEST,John from Kemsing
Date: 13 May 09 - 10:56 AM

Has Johnny Olsen got a long kilt or short legs?.


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Subject: RE: Have you seen this!
From: johnadams
Date: 13 May 09 - 11:15 AM

I've looked at other players of the instrument on YouTube and listened to the sound of the master players and I'm still not convinced. As my job is dubbing sound on to picture I'm reasonably proficient at 'feeling' when something is not quite right and, YouTube sync problems notwithstanding, it doesn't feel or sound right. I'd love to be convinced otherwise because if he's for real he's got superhuman lungs and is a master of the instrument who deserves a global audience. However, I'm still unconvinced.


Khene Lesson 1

Original guy playing a jig

Another master


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Subject: RE: Have you seen this!
From: IanC
Date: 13 May 09 - 11:36 AM

I have one of these instruments and they're not in a diatonic major scale. Draw your own conclusions.

;-)


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Subject: RE: Have you seen this!
From: CarolC
Date: 13 May 09 - 11:45 AM

It's an accordion without the bellows and keyboard.   ;-)


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Subject: RE: Have you seen this! Amazing music.
From: Jack Campin
Date: 13 May 09 - 12:56 PM

I have one of these instruments and they're not in a diatonic major scale. Draw your own conclusions.

It's just a bunch of tubes and reeds, you can presumably get one tuned to whatever you like. Variants of the instrument are found all over China and South-East Asia and they don't all have the same scale.

I've got my diatonic autoharp tuned in hijaz at the moment. The designer certainly didn't think of that.


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Subject: RE: Have you seen this! Amazing music.
From: Martin Harwood
Date: 13 May 09 - 01:42 PM

Great stuff!

For the doubters among you this clip might convince.
I'm not a wind player but could circular breathing account for the superhuman lungs?


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Subject: RE: Have you seen this! Amazing music.
From: Jack Campin
Date: 13 May 09 - 01:50 PM

You don't circular-breathe on it - it sounds on the suck as well as the blow.

One of the emperors of China had an orchestra that featured no less than 800 of them. That I would have liked to hear.


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Subject: RE: Have you seen this! Amazing music.
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 13 May 09 - 01:51 PM

For those like me who knothing about the instrument- There is a small hollowed out reservoir in which to blow.
Adding a bit to Jack Campin, tuning- "It has seven tones per octave, with intervals similar to that of the Western diatonic natural A-minor scale: A, B, C, D. E, F and G. A khaen can be made in a particular key but can't be tuned after the reed is set and the pipes are cut. If the khaen is played along with other instruments the others have to tune to the khaen."
Wikipedia. This applies to the Laotian instrument.

A better article on the khene here: V. Phraxayavong, "Lao National Musical Instrument and its Role in Lao Culture."
Khene


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Subject: RE: Have you seen this! Amazing music.
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 13 May 09 - 03:35 PM

There's a similar instrument that the Hmong around here play, called in their language, the qeej. (Don't ask me how to pronounce that. The Hmong alphabet uses some Roman letters to represent sounds that don't exist in English.)

I just learned that the Chinese name for it is lusheng, and that's how Wikipedia lists it.

They usually go through some dance-like movements while they play it.

Here's the most interesting video I've found of it. It starts with a song, and later the singer begins to play the qeej.

I don't know of anyone playing western music on it though.


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Subject: RE: Have you seen this! Amazing music.
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 13 May 09 - 03:42 PM

That man's playing a floorboard! :0)


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Subject: RE: Have you seen this! Amazing music.
From: GUEST,Johnadams at Pete Coe's house
Date: 13 May 09 - 06:17 PM

I've checked this guy out further and think he is for real.

There's a full set of his posts reachable via blowinbamboo

Quite remarkable!


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Subject: RE: Have you seen this! Amazing music.
From: Spleen Cringe
Date: 13 May 09 - 06:47 PM

Wild stuff. Thanks for the link Manitas.


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