A report on Khene

A khene player in Isan
Khene

Mouth organ whose pipes, which are usually made of bamboo, are connected with a small, hollowed-out hardwood reservoir into which air is blown.

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A khene player in Isan

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A khene player in Isan

Mor lam

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Traditional Lao form of song in Laos and Isan.

Traditional Lao form of song in Laos and Isan.

A khene player in Isan
The xo ou (BGN/PCGN)/so u (RTGS), the low-pitched fiddles common in some styles of lam from southern Laos and most of northeastern Thailand.
A lanat ék/ranat ék (BGN/PCGN)/ranat ek (RTGS), a xylophone used in some varieties of khap and lam. The many types of lanat/ranat are also used in classical Lao music.
Mor lam performance-the men are playing the khene and wearing pha sarong
The san and yao scales.
The basic rhythm of traditional mor lam
A mor lam VCD featuring Jintara. The karaoke text, dancers, and backdrop are typical of the genre.

Traditionally, the tune was developed by the singer as an interpretation of a klon poem and accompanied primarily by the khene (a free reed mouth organ).

Laos

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Socialist state and the only landlocked country in Southeast Asia.

Socialist state and the only landlocked country in Southeast Asia.

Pha That Luang in Vientiane is the national symbol of Laos.
Fa Ngum, founder of the Lan Xang Kingdom
Local Lao soldiers in the French Colonial guard, c. 1900
French General Salan and Prince Sisavang Vatthana in Luang Prabang, 4 May 1953
Ruins of Muang Khoun, former capital of Xiangkhouang province, destroyed by the American bombing of Laos in the late 1960s
Pathet Lao soldiers in Vientiane, 1972
Mekong River flowing through Luang Prabang
Paddy fields in Laos
Laos map of Köppen climate classification.
Flag of the ruling Lao People's Revolutionary Party
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and ASEAN heads of state in New Delhi on 25 January 2018
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith with Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2016
Hmong girls in Laos, 1973
A proportional representation of Laos exports, 2019
GDP per capita development in Laos
Near the sanctuary on the main upper level of Vat Phou, looking back towards the Mekong River
Rivers are an important means of transport in Laos.
Pha That Luang in Vientiane. The Buddhist stupa that is a national symbol of Laos.
Mahosot Hospital in Vientiane.
National University of Laos in Vientiane.
An example of Lao cuisine
Lao women wearing sinhs
Lao dancers during the New Year celebration
New Laos National Stadium in Vientiane.
Wat Nong Sikhounmuang - buddhist pagoda in Luang Prabang.

For example, Laotian music is dominated by its national musical instrument, the khaen, a type of bamboo mouth organ that has prehistoric origins.

Lao people

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The Lao people are a Tai ethnic group native to Southeast Asia, who speak the eponymous language of the Kra–Dai languages.

The Lao people are a Tai ethnic group native to Southeast Asia, who speak the eponymous language of the Kra–Dai languages.

Map showing linguistic family tree overlaid on a geographic distribution map of Tai-Kadai family. This map only shows general pattern of the migration of Tai-speaking tribes, not specific routes, which would have snaked along the rivers and over the lower passes.
Lan Xang's zone of influence and neighbours, c. 1540
The French forced the Siamese to renounce their claims to Lao territory in 1893, thus signalling the genesis of the modern Lao state.
Offering of food to monks to make merit at a temple in Vientiane
A spirit house near Wat Kham Chanot, Udon Thani Province, Thailand
A statue of Lord Brahma (background) at a temple in Vientiane.
A dish of Tam mak hoong, ping gai, and khao nio, a very common Lao meal.

The music is noted for the use of the khene (Lao: ແຄນ, Isan: แคน, ) instrument.

Randy Raine-Reusch

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Canadian composer, performer, improviser, and multi-instrumentalist specializing in New and Experimental Music for instruments from around the world, particularly those from East and Southeast Asia.

Canadian composer, performer, improviser, and multi-instrumentalist specializing in New and Experimental Music for instruments from around the world, particularly those from East and Southeast Asia.

He studied khaen in Mahasarakham, Thailand with master musicians Nukan Srichrangthin and Sombat Sinla.

Pump (album)

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Tenth studio album by American rock band Aerosmith.

Tenth studio album by American rock band Aerosmith.

Randy Raine-Reusch – musical interludes (glass harmonica on "Water Song", Appalachian dulcimer on "Dulcimer Stomp", didgeridoo on "Don't Get Mad, Get Even", and Thai khaen on "Hoodoo"), plus naw (gourd mouth organ of the Lahu people of Northern Thailand) starting at 5:19 in the hidden track contained in "What It Takes"

Mouth organ

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Any free reed aerophone with one or more air chambers fitted with a free reed.

Any free reed aerophone with one or more air chambers fitted with a free reed.

C. A. Seydel Söhne Harmonica (1880)
Symphonium (c.1830) by Charles Wheatstone
M. Hohner Trumpet Call Harmonica in C (1906)
Harmonica (rear) and Blues harp (front)
Chromatic 16-hole (over) and diatonic 10-hole (under) harmonica
Hohner Melodicas
Plung, played by the Mru people of Bangladesh and Burma
Sheng, a Chinese mouth organ
Sho, a Japanese mouth organ
Sompoton of Sabah, Malaysia
Khene, used in Mainland Southeast Asia
Lusheng, used in Laos, Vietnam, South China
Cambodia, Ploy
Keluri, used in Borneo.
Qeej, free reed gourd mouth organ of the Hmong people

The most notable variations include the harmonica, and Asian free reed wind instruments consisting of a number of bamboo pipes of varying lengths fixed into a wind chest; these include the sheng, khaen, lusheng, yu, shō, and saenghwang.

The reeds of an early 20th-century button accordion, with closeup.

Free reed aerophone

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Musical instrument that produces sound as air flows past a vibrating reed in a frame.

Musical instrument that produces sound as air flows past a vibrating reed in a frame.

The reeds of an early 20th-century button accordion, with closeup.
Sheng with 17 pipes; height is 55 cm (22 inches)
Free reed from a Melodion, 1867.

Among the ancient instruments, the khene of Laos, the shēng of China and the shō of Japan have survived to modern times.

Christopher Adler

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Musician, composer and music professor at University of San Diego.

Musician, composer and music professor at University of San Diego.

A virtuoso player of the khaen, a reed instrument native to Laos and Thailand, he has been composing works for the khaen both as a solo instrument and in combination with western instruments since 1996.

Lanier in 2010

Jaron Lanier

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American computer scientist, visual artist, computer philosophy writer, technologist, futurist, and composer of contemporary classical music.

American computer scientist, visual artist, computer philosophy writer, technologist, futurist, and composer of contemporary classical music.

Lanier in 2010
Lanier performing at the Garden of Memory Solstice Concert in June 2009

Lanier has composed contemporary classical music and is a collector of rare instruments (of which he owns one to two thousand ); his acoustic album, Instruments of Change (1994) features Asian wind and string instruments such as the khene mouth organ, the suling flute, and the sitar-like esraj.

Isan phin.

Phin

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Type of lute with a pear-shaped body, originating in the Isan region of Thailand and played mostly by ethnic Laotians in Thailand and Laos.

Type of lute with a pear-shaped body, originating in the Isan region of Thailand and played mostly by ethnic Laotians in Thailand and Laos.

Isan phin.

It is often played together with the khene mouth organ.