Pin peat of the Royal Court of Cambodia in Angkor Wat

Pin peat of the Royal Court of Cambodia in Angkor Wat

Published on Apr 13, 2017

13 April 2017 – The pin peat ensemble of the Royal Court of Cambodia plays for the New Year’s blessing ceremony (Boung Soung) in Angkor Wat. To know more about Cambodian music:





Sounds of Angkor

SOUNDS OF ANGKOR is dedicated to the Angkorian and traditional Khmer music of Cambodia. It is also an invitation to discover 1.500 years of religious and profane Khmer music, some already disappeared and others endangered.It is the result of research of French ethnomusicologist Patrick Kersalé that began in 1998 and continues today.

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A 20 years research project

Sounds of Angkor is already a 20 years research project concept including:

  • A classical research project on the field
  • An experimental archeology laboratory dedicated to the reconstruction of missing Angkorian musical instruments
  • A musical experimentation laboratory consisting of the Sounds of Angkor troupe based in Siem Reap
  • An international communication project in English including this website and conferences in Europe and Asia
  • A communication project with the general public constituted by this website and the YouTube channel TUK-TUK.TV
  • A pedagogical project in French constituted of DVDs published and distributed in the countries of la Francophonie by Editions Lugdivine.

An educational project in English and Khmer will soon be launched in Cambodia with the support of Cambodian Living Arts.

The creation of a music school specializing in the teaching of Angkorian musical instruments is also on the way.

Foreword by Her Royal Highness Princess NORODOM Buppha Devi

Mr. Patrick Kersalé is an ethnomusicologist and archeomusicologist. For the last twenty years, he researched in many countries in Europe, Africa and Asia. He has undertook to take a new look at the musical instruments used by the ancient Khmers, between the seventh and the sixteenth century.
In “Sounds of Angkor”, Patrick Kersalé allows us to better understand the Khmer music of ancient times, its symbolism and its use by a population whose lifestyles are gradually better known to us.
The author analyzed the origin and function of ancient Khmer music instruments in a precise and detailed manner, in particular through a method of photographic analysis of Angkorian bas-reliefs. This allowed him to highlight the details that were invisible to the naked eye and to make us discover unpublished information, answering many questions, filling wide gaps, and thus correcting some preconceived ideas.

The scientific approach of Mr. Patrick Kersalé does not end there, however, since it has pushed the experimentation to reconstitute several of these instruments now missing, thus offering our young artisans, musicians and composers the possibility to reclaim a musical heritage that is an integral part of the historical cultural diversity of Cambodia.
I would like to express my warmest congratulations to Mr Patrick Kersalé for his unique contribution to Khmer studies and for his dedication to a passion that he knows how to communicate with eloquence. (…)

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All photos, videos and texts: Copyright © Patrick Kersalé (if not specified), 1998-2017

Sounds of Angkor, Siem Reap, Kingdom of Cambodia

Rebuilding the musical instruments of the ancient Khmer (VF + VFSTe)

Rebuilding the musical instruments of the ancient Khmer (VF + VFSTe)

Published on Feb 26, 2016

Rebuilding the musical instruments of the ancient Khmer French ethnomusicologist and archaeomusicologist Patrick Kersalé has spent over 25 years in Asia, searching for historic instruments and studying surviving traditional music. But it was not enough for him. He has spent the past 4 years investigating musical instruments from the Angkorian world, through the iconography, inscriptions and archaeological objects. Based on that research, Kersalé has been able to rebuild extinct Angkorian instruments from the 7th to 13th centuries! Several kinds of harps, monochord zithers, cymbals, drums, trumpets, and conches have thus literally been brought back to life ! To know more about ancient music of Cambodia: Reconstitution des instruments musicaux des Khmers anciens L’ethnomusicologue et archéomusicologue français Patrick Kersalé sillonne l’Asie depuis plus de 25 ans, à la recherche des instruments et des musiques anciennes. Mais cela ne lui suffisait pas. Il a passé les quatre dernières années à étudier les instruments de musique du monde angkorien, à travers l’iconographie, des inscriptions et des objets archéologiques. Sur la base de cette recherche, Patrick Kersalé a été en mesure de proposer des reconstitutions d’instruments joués entre 7 au 16ème siècle! Harpes, monocordes, cithares, cymbales, tambours, trompettes, conques et hautbois ont ainsi été littéralement ramené à la vie! Pour en savoir plus sur la musique ancienne du Cambodge: