Klong khaek

Name: Klong Khaek.
Type: Barrel Drums.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 211.22
Country: Thailand.
Region: South East Asia.

Description: Klong Khaek [in Thai: ลองแขก, pronounced [klɔːŋ kʰɛ̀ːk] is a type of double headed barrel drum used in Thai music. The name of the instrument Klong Khaek literally translates into “Indian Drum”. Coming from two words Klong [กลอง] meaning drum and Khaek [แขก] meaning Indian or Tamil.

The appearance of the Klong Khaek resembles the Klong Malayu; although the latter of the two is much shorter and heavier. Currently there are two types of Klong Khaek. The first type of Klong Khaek is the klong khaek tua phu [in Thai: กลองแขกตัวผู้] which is considered to be male. And the second type of Klong Khaek being the klong khaek tua mia [in Thai: กลองแขกตัวเมีย] regarded as female.

Playing Techniques: They are always played in a pair, usually by two players, although if two players are not available a single player may play both drums. The two drums fit their beats together in hocket, or interlocking form. Both drumheads are played with the hands, like the klong songna. The klong khaek tua phu has a higher pitch and the klong khaek tua mia has a lower pitch.


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