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Credits & Info
- Dec 20, 2010 | 3:45 PM EST
- File Info
- 2.9 MB
- 3 min 13 sec
- 4.12 / 5.00
Please contact me if you would like to use this in a project. We can discuss the details.
The opening for the song is my sanshin interpretation of Northeastern Thailand's Issan folk music. My interpretation is more akin to the music that is played on a phin that is usually accompanied by a drum kit than the 'mor lam' music that revolves around the singer/s. Phin (pronounced like 'pin') is a three stringed lute (tuned A-E-A, which is how my sanshin is tuned in the opening) that always features a decorative dragon's head on the peg head. I've heard people wonder if their phin was poorly made because all of the strings are of the same gauge but no, they are supposed to be the same gauge.
Before I get too caught up in talking about the specifics of the music that inspired the opening, I'd like to move on to the rest of the song. I have here a fun combo of instruments: sanshin, drums, electric bass, keyboard and a resonator guitar tuned to G (using a slide). Originally I was inspired by this song here (http://www.youtube.com/w atch?v=GjV0YSaQHg4) which is a VERY GOOD mor lam song (I listened to it over and over). Before I did my research, I was confused by how different the language in this song was from Thai but then I learned that this man is most likely singing in the Issan language that is derived from Lao and that Thailand's different regions speak with different accents and even different languages but it's all written in the Thai alphabet (kind of like China eh?).
But wtf is up with that guitar? Well that was inspired by this pop-country song from Thailand (http://www.youtube.com/w atch?v=mUV6xQY0TMM&featur e=related). In the video you can even see some other traditional Thai instruments! I didn't realize it until now but the drums in this song remind me of the drums in my song, maybe this song had more impact on me than I thought? I don't play that clean style (muting the strings behind the slide) like the guy in the video on purpose because I felt this gave it a more... 'Dirty' or 'bluesy' feel. I've heard other Thai songs with country influence and even some that were played with Thai instruments (like China and bluegrass eh?).
The part where you hear me yelling "Keid-xik-khrang!" is Thai for "Born again" and in the end I chose Born Again for the title. Now, I'm no expert on Thai language but I took what I hear from the country video and what I know about Chinese pronunciation and applied it to it.
Additional research was done at a site that is much like this one (http://www.infoplease.co m/ipa/A0108034.html) but I can't find it (my wife found the original site) and this site (www.bangkokpost.com). At bankokpost I found this article (http://www.bangkokpost.c om/opinion/opinion/208468 /the-politics-of-being-po lite) which struck me as extremely interesting and insightful on a Thai social tradition.
EDIT: I'd like to add that for all you bass heads, you should turn up the bass on this one! I put some catchy bass riffs in this song!
EDIT 2: This won 8th place in the contest.