Skor Thom

Name: Skor Thom.
Type: Membranophones > Drums > Barrel.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 211.22
Country: Cambodia.
Region: South East-Asia.

Description: The Skor thom [in Khmer: ស្គរធំ] are Cambodian double-sided barrel drums played with a pair of wooden drumsticks. hey typically have skin heads made from oxen, cows or buffalos, and are played in pairs. The drums are tuned such that one will give a “tighter and louder” sound when struck, while the other gives a “loose and more flatter tone.” The instruments are used in the pinpeat orchestra, placed at the front of the orchestra as a lead or dominant instrument. Equivalent to the Thailand glong chatri.

Construction: The log is hollowed out to form a thin tube, about 1 centimetre thick, and the hide is stretched out on each side to create the drum. Dimensions for the instruments vary, as they are carved from logs; however they can measure 50 cm long and be 46 centimetres in across at the center of the drum, with the ends being about 40 cm wide.

Citations: Bibliography: Khean, Yun; Dorivan, Keo; Lina, Y; Lenna, Mao. Traditional Musical Instruments of Cambodia [.PDF file] Kingdom of Cambodia: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. p. 207. “Skor”. Retrieved 27 October 2018 ;

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