“Knowledge” according to Buddhism, is a “frozen Dharmasastra…” or a fully developed yet static system of the right formulas and appropriate rules. Music and religion are interlinked. It was based on the same fundamental tenets.
C la s s ic a l M u s ic Extensively used Evolved in many by people in the royal households villages. and was used both for ceremonies and the entertainment of the ruling class.
F o lkM u s ic • It is as diverse as the number of distinct regional traditions in the country. • Most of these performances include dances and festivities related to Buddhism.
S t y le o f F o lk M u s ic It is dominant in Thailand’s Northeastern •MORLAM region, mainly inhabited by the Lao population. •KANTRUM It focuses on the dully life of the rural poor. •LUK THUNG It is characterized by rapid rhythmic vocals and a funk style of percussion. There are about 15 regional variations of Mor Lam. These are however lately influenced by modern Western music, and were later known as “Mor Lam Sing.”
S t y le o f F o lk M u s ic It is played by Cambodian population in •MORLAM Thailand. •KANTRU It is a swift and traditional dance music. It is characterized by the dominant M sound of the Cho-kantrum, vocal •LUK THUNG singers, percussion and fiddles.
S t y le o f F o lk M u s ic Literally when combined as Phleng Luk •MORLAM Thung as “children of the fields.” •KANTRUM It became the more popular style of Thai country music which even now pervades •LUK some 90% of radio air waves. It reflects the daily trials and difficulties of THUNG rural folks. It has been developed only in the mid 20th century, and is still now being further enriched by influences coming from western music.
• It is held only at tourist attractions and during formal ceremonies.• During the Bangkok Period (1768-1932 A.D.), music and arts were revived. Thai classical music has been then classified by level or “chan”, based on the speed of
The beauty of the intricately woven layers of rhythm and pitch.
The performance of several variations of a piece of music played by different instruments or sung simultaneously. Instrumentalists improvise idiomatically around the central melody. This is known as H e te r o p h o n y. A m e l o d y is consisting of two or four measures that may joined by four other phrase units to make a phrase
Rhythmically, their music is s t e a d y in t e m p o , r e g u la r in p u ls e s , d o n e in s im p le d u p le m e t e r , w it h o u t s w in g , a n d w it h t h e e m p h a s is p la c e d o n t h e f in a l b e a t o f a m e a s u r e o r g r o u p o f p h a s e s , as opposed to European music.