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The fiddle K'ny
is an example of the musical aspects of a kind
of exotism and how msucial
instruments get easily involved and
implemented in different cultures, each claiming it to be its "own".
The K'ny belongs to the GioRai group in
central Vietnam. We
actually find it in many "traditional" (tourist) ensembles,
which the reason might be the outstanding idea in which the K'ny got
famous as a "talking" violin:
single chord of
this monochord is attached to a wire which the player puts behind his
teeth while playing. The player keeps this wire pulled, so that every
wovel he speaks transmitts a serious of overtones and formants on to
the bowed chord - thus producing a sound as if the violin would "speak".
This instrument is unique worldwide. The model shown here has
five frets, but more common is a single central bamboo tube with no
frets at all. It is a pitty that this instrument nowadays
is more often
used to play easy folk songs than traditional Gio Rai music.
*Sample (MP3, 610 KB) *
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