Laurel Sercombe session recordings: Phong Nguyen, 1988  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Sercombe, Laurel; University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
Laurel Sercombe session recordings: Phong Nguyen
6 items  :  Earliest copies (EC) - 3 open reels (7 1/2 ips, stereo, 1/2 track, 7 in.); Working tapes (WT) - 3 open reels (7 1/2 ips, stereo, 1/2 track, 7 in.)
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Recording session recorded by Laurel Sercombe in studio in Renton, Washington, and in the University of Washington Music Building, Room 35.
University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
University of Washington
Ethnomusicology Archives
Box 353450
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-0974
Access Restrictions

Unrestricted: collection is open for research.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Laurel Sercombe has been the Archivist for the Ethnomusicology Program at the University of Washington since 1982. She has co-produced a series of music recordings with Northwest Folklife, lectured for classes in Ethnomusicology, Library and Information Science, and American Indian Studies, and designed and taught a course on sound archiving. In 1998 she received a pre-doctoral Smithsonian Research Fellowship and in 2001 received her Ph.D. with the dissertation And Then It Rained: Power and Song in Western Washington Coast Salish Myth Narratives. She is a member of the Music Library Association, the Association for Recorded Sound Collections, and the Society for Ethnomusicology, for which she served as Current Discographer 1992–2000 and Treasurer 2000–2004. She serves on the boards of Jack Straw Productions and Northwest Heritage Resources. In 2013 she organized and hosted "Sounds of the World," a series of six programs for UWTV featuring film footage from the Robert Garfias Collection in the Ethnomusicology Archives.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Performers: Phong Nguyen (visiting artist 1987-88)/dan tranh, dan nguyet; Thu Van and Thu Hong/singers (Reel 1); Tam Tri/vi cam, sao (Reel 1); Ngoc Thanh/luc huyen cam (Reel 1); Andy Frankel/drum, clappers (Reels 2-3).


Reel 1 - copy of studio recording made in Renton, Washington, to be published by Kent State University; contains vocal and instrumental pieces (see separate sheet for list of titles and performers) (32:41).

Reel 2 - copy of master tape recorded in the UW Music Building Room 35, 3-7-88; contains improvisation on dan tranh by Phong Nguyen: tuning - To Lan (Pure Orchid) (edited version) (3:43).

Reel 3 - unedited version of improvisation on Reel 2 (5:35).

Additional physical description information: EC Reel 1 is copy of master tape recorded at 15 ips, stereo, 1/2 track, DBX, with tones at head - 1k, 10k, 40hz; Reels 2 (EC) and 3 (OT) recorded by Laurel Sercombe for Archives on Sony APR-5000, Neumann KM-83 mics (omni) (original of Reel 2 sent to Kent State University).

Duration (WT): 00:41:59.

Documentation: Contents notes from Phong Nguyen.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Earliest copiesReturn to Top

3 audiotapes
Reel 1
Reel 2
Reel 3

Working tapesReturn to Top

3 audiotapes
Reel 4
Reel 5
Reel 6

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Music--Vietnam
  • Vietnamese--Asia--Southeast Asia
  • Geographical Names :
  • Asia
  • Seattle (Wash.)
  • Southeast Asia--Asia--Southeast Asia
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Sound Recordings
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Nguyễn, Phong (performer)
    • Van, Thu (performer)