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The fiddle K'ny
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, for
which the reason might be the outstanding idea in which the K'ny got
famous as a "talking" violin:
The 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.
*Sample (MP3, 610 KB) *
The model above 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.
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