UW Ethnomusicology Archives audio recordings: Ajarn Phet Sananikone recordings (Ajarn Phet, Thao Phet), 1973-1974

Overview of the Collection

Sananikone, Ajarn Phet
UW Ethnomusicology Archives audio recordings: Ajarn Phet Sananikone recordings (Ajarn Phet, Thao Phet)
1973-1974 (inclusive)
5 items  :  OT-5 reels (7 1/2 ips, 1/2 tr. stereo, 7"); WT-5 reels (7 1/2 ips, 1/2 tr. stereo, 10"); Duration: 3:00:00
Collection Number
Recorded in Seattle, Washington, 6-4-74, 6-11-74, 12-18-73.
University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
University of Washington
Ethnomusicology Archives
Box 353450
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 2065430974
Access Restrictions

Unrestricted: collection is open for research.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The khaen is a free-reed mouth instrument that originated in Laos and Northeastern Thailand. It consists of two rows of bamboo pipes that are attached to a wooden windchest. There can be anywhere between 6 and 18 pipes, but 16 pipes is the most common arrangement. The instrument is polyphonic and can be played by both blowing air in and drawing air out. Traditional genres of khaen music are still performed, but today they are often overshadowed by newer folk-pop fusions.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Tapes 1-4 - Ajarn Phet performs on solo khaen (for more information about the performer and instrument, see concert program for AM8 LAOS 74-3.1); Tape 5 - Thao Phet performs on solo khaen.

Tape 5 (Thao Phet) appears to be soundtrack for films S-077 and S-078.

Contents (collection appears to include 3 different recording sessions; translations by Allan Swensson):

74-11.1 - Sut Sanaen Song San; Lam Thang Sawannakhet (in sut sanaen mode); Lam Thang Si phandon (in Po say mode); Tia Sarawan (in Lay noy mode); Khap Ngum (in lay nyay mode) (inludes discussion in Thai between pieces) (recorded 6-4-74)

74-11.2 - Lam Kiaw (courting song) and discussion of context of lam singing (Text - male singer is rich and can provide a lot of luxuries); Mae Hang Kom Luk; Discussion on Mae Hang Kom Luk (singing a lullaby to her child), Lom Phat Phat Thang Nyay, and Ma Liap Hat; Lom Phat Phay; Lam Nyay Thang Boran or Lam Phun; Lay Tit Sut Noy (in Po Say mode); Long Khong Thang Noy; Long Khong Thang Nyay; Discussion about Phi Nang Thiam (dance) and music used in ceremony, daytime festival; Fon Nang Thaam; Ma Itia la Hat, "A Tiny Dog Walking Along the Beach" (recorded 6-4-74)

74-11.3 - Lam Thang Siang Khwang; Khap Thang Sam Nua; Phleng Saylom Yen (popular song); Phleng Det Dok Hak (popular song); Phleng Say Lom Huan (popular song); Phleng Say Lom Yen (popular song); Phleng Chan Duang Diaw; Lay Sutsanaen; Lay Noy and Lay Soy; Khmer Paw Bay May; Khmer Som Tuk; Khmer Pak Tho; Khmer Phothisat; Ratri Phradap Daw; Mon Rua; Mon Song San; Lay Tit Sut Noy or Lay Soy; Long Khong Thang Noy (recorded 6-11-74)

74-11.4 - Thang Nyay mode (a piece in low register); Thang Noy mode (a piece in high register); Khmer Pi Kaew (Khmer gem oboe, emerald oboe); Soy Son Tat (a chain of flowers, or garland); Thorani Hong Hay (Weeping Mother Earth); Huang Alay (A Deep Worry); Kinnorn or Si Nuan (A Beautiful Angel); Mayong (An Alert House) (recorded 6-11-74)

74-11.5 - (Thao Phet) Sutsanaen Song San; Tit Sut Noi (Soi); Maeng Phu Tom Dok; Thang Nyai Lom Phat Phai; Tia Sarawan; Khap Ngum; Farang Nyam Thao (Marching Through Georgia); Lao Siang Thian (audible camera noise) (recorded 12-18-73)

Documentation: List of pieces.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

1974011-0001: Recording Sessions: Ajarn Phet
1 audiotape : Audio Reel

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Ethnomusicology

Geographical Names

  • Asia
  • Laos--Asia--Southeast Asia
  • Southeast Asia--Asia--Southeast Asia

Form or Genre Terms

  • Sound Recordings