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Have you seen this! Amazing music.

13 May 09 - 08:48 AM (#2630758)
Subject: Have you seen this! Amazing music.
From: manitas_at_work

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


13 May 09 - 09:11 AM (#2630775)
Subject: RE: Have you seen this!
From: VirginiaTam

kewl


13 May 09 - 09:13 AM (#2630778)
Subject: RE: Have you seen this!
From: Beer

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


13 May 09 - 09:33 AM (#2630800)
Subject: RE: Have you seen this!
From: Mr Happy

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


13 May 09 - 09:50 AM (#2630815)
Subject: RE: Have you seen this!
From: johnadams

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


13 May 09 - 09:58 AM (#2630822)
Subject: RE: Have you seen this!
From: Fred McCormick

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.


13 May 09 - 10:26 AM (#2630850)
Subject: RE: Have you seen this!
From: Crow Sister (off with the fairies)

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


13 May 09 - 10:27 AM (#2630852)
Subject: RE: Have you seen this!
From: breezy

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!!


13 May 09 - 10:56 AM (#2630874)
Subject: RE: Have you seen this!
From: GUEST,John from Kemsing

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


13 May 09 - 11:15 AM (#2630892)
Subject: RE: Have you seen this!
From: johnadams

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


13 May 09 - 11:36 AM (#2630910)
Subject: RE: Have you seen this!
From: IanC

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

;-)


13 May 09 - 11:45 AM (#2630918)
Subject: RE: Have you seen this!
From: CarolC

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


13 May 09 - 12:56 PM (#2630962)
Subject: RE: Have you seen this! Amazing music.
From: Jack Campin

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.


13 May 09 - 01:42 PM (#2630994)
Subject: RE: Have you seen this! Amazing music.
From: Martin Harwood

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?


13 May 09 - 01:50 PM (#2630997)
Subject: RE: Have you seen this! Amazing music.
From: Jack Campin

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.


13 May 09 - 01:51 PM (#2630998)
Subject: RE: Have you seen this! Amazing music.
From: Q (Frank Staplin)

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


13 May 09 - 03:35 PM (#2631075)
Subject: RE: Have you seen this! Amazing music.
From: Jim Dixon

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.


13 May 09 - 03:42 PM (#2631078)
Subject: RE: Have you seen this! Amazing music.
From: Lizzie Cornish 1

That man's playing a floorboard! :0)


13 May 09 - 06:17 PM (#2631162)
Subject: RE: Have you seen this! Amazing music.
From: GUEST,Johnadams at Pete Coe's house

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!


13 May 09 - 06:47 PM (#2631180)
Subject: RE: Have you seen this! Amazing music.
From: Spleen Cringe

Wild stuff. Thanks for the link Manitas.