Sounds of Angkor

SOUNDS OF ANGKOR is dedicated to the ancient and traditional music and dance of Cambodia. It is an invitation to discover 2500 years of religious and secular music. This site is the fruit of the research of the French ethnomusicologist Patrick Kersalé initiated in 1998 and continued on a daily basis. It represents the most important international database on early music in Cambodia.

Note

1. All images can be enlarged by simple click.

2. To listen to the pronunciation of words belonging to foreign languages, copy them into Google translate and click on the speaker.

3. For dating, we use EC (Common Era) instead of AD, and BCE (Before Common Era) instead of BC.

Donation of the Royal Harp, created by Sounds of Angkor, to His Majesty Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia, by Phloeun Prim, Director of Cambodian Living Arts



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A scientific research project

Sounds of Angkor is a scientific research project that has been in existence for 23 years. It revolves around:

  • A classical research project in the field
  • An experimental archaeomusicology project including workshops for reconstructing missing Angkorian instruments and a musical experimentation laboratory set up by the Sounds of Angkor troupe based in Siem Reap
  • Lectures in Europe and Asia for students, academics, scientists, English and French
  • English and French-speaking guides for expert visits to the Angkorian sites of Siem Reap
  • Communication tools for the general public and researchers: the present site (88 in English, 140 pages in French), the YouTube channel TUK-TUK.TV
  • Specific research projects: Chapei Dang Veng and Bronze Drums
  • An educational project in French: DVDs published and distributed in French-speaking countries by Editions Lugdivine
  • A music school based in Siem Reap specializing in the teaching of ancient musical instruments: harp, monochord zither, lute, kantoam ming ensemble
  • A permanent exhibition of rebuilt instruments at Theam's Gallery in Siem Reap. 


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