UW Ethnomusicology Archives video recordings: Amatyakul Poonpit (Thai Traditional Music), Undated

Overview of the Collection

Poonpit, Amatyakul
UW Ethnomusicology Archives video recordings: Amatyakul Poonpit (Thai Traditional Music)
6 items  :  EC-4 audio cassettes; 2 vcts (VHS, color); WT-8 reels (7 1/2 ips, 1/2 tr. stereo, 7" and 10") (no WTs for vcts); Duration: 4:33:54; notes.
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Collection donated to Archives by Dr. Amatyakul Poonpit; recordings from a variety of sources (see notes)
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 University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives has been collecting and curating unique ethnographic music recordings for over 50 years. Its holdings of more than 15,000 items include field recordings documenting music traditions of all kinds from most areas of the world, concert recordings of visiting musicians, and films and videos of a variety of musical events, as well as several hundred musical instruments. The Archives serves the students and faculty in the UW Ethnomusicology Program, the broader university community, Pacific Northwest tribes, and an international clientele of musicians, students, and teachers.

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Contents summary: 87-23.1 - Thai music from Radio of Thailand); 87-23.2 - Thai ensembles and songs (tape produced by Dr. Poonpit); 87-23.3 - Pipat Nang Hong ensemble (sung by Mr. Somchai Tubporn); 87-23.4 - Drums of Thailand (dub of commercial recording); brass band played by Thai songs; 87-23.5 - (vct) - Traditional Thai music: classical; 87-23.6 - (vct) - The arts of wind instruments.

Contents descriptions by A. Poonpit with parenthetical comments added by Laurel Sercombe:

87-23.1 - Thai Music - From Radio of Thailand (dubbed May 1987); Cassette side A - Segment #1 - Lom Pud Chai Kow; Segment #2 - The Chinese Mood in Thai Music (performance of Thai song from Chinese story - Chinese Fan Dance); Segment #3 - Yee Hem; Cassette side B - Segment #1 - Kamen Sai Yoke (dance band version, chamber orchestra version, soupy pop vocal version); Segment #2 - Duang Dern (4 versions, traditional & popular styles) (Side A - 29:30; Side B - 31:31; total - 1:01:01)

87-23.2 - Thai Ensemble and Songs - tape produced by A. Poonpit, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand; Cassette side A - Thai Classical Ensemble: Pipat Mai Nuam, Pipat Mai Keng, Pipat Mon, Thai Stringed Ensemble, Thai String with Organ and Piano; Cassette side B - Old Thai Songs played by Orchestra; Old Thai songs played by Western Musical Group; The sound of Thai Instruments (Side A - 46:53; Side B - 43:40; total - 1:30:33)

87-23.3 - Pipat Nang Hong Ensemble - sung by Mr. Somchai Tubporn (both voices); the music is great and the singing is excellent - it is a kind of series of songs called Ok Pa Sa (music both sides of the cassette) (may be copy of a commercial cassette - photocopy of photo (of Somchai Tubporn?) has been inserted with typed tape noted) (Side A - 30:27; Side B - 29:19; total - 59:46)

87-23.4 - Cassette side A - Drums of Thailand (dub of commercial recording); Cassette side B - Brass Band played Thai Songs (title from typed list in cassette box) (Side A - 31:33; Side B - 31:01; total - 1:02:34)

87-23.5 (Videocassette) - Traditional Thai Music - Classical; spoken commentary in Thai; VHS, color (quality of copy poor); dub made 5/87 (by Dr. Poonpit?); recorded January 1987; Headers - Center of SE Asian Cultures, Mahidol University, Thailand - 1) The Arts of "Ranad Ek" (Artists - Bussakorn Samrongthong, Boochoy Sowat; Dr. Poonpit Amatyakul, director; Speaking, demonstration on instruments (by young women)); 2) The Arts of "Krub Se-Pa" (Dr. Poonpit Amatyakul, director); 3) The Arts of Pin Pia, Folk Instrument of North Thailand (Prasir Leawsiripongsa, Artist, College of Teacher, Chieng May, Thailand); 4) The Arts of Thai String Instruments (String Artists: Pakorn Rodchangpeon, Teera Pumanee; Vocalist: Banjong Suksawadi; Dr. Poonpit Amatyakul, director); Produced by Audio-Visual Section, ATC/PHC Mahidol University, Salaya, Thailand, 1987, Poonpit Amatyakul M.D., Director.

87-23.6 (Videocassette) - Dubbed from PAL, poor quality in places; Center of South East Asian Cultures, Mahidol University, Salaya, Thailand; The Arts of Wind Instruments (Part 1, The Kluye); Artists: Boochuay Sowat, Rangsee Kasemsook; Segment #1 - Kluye Ou or Low pitch pipe; Pleng: Sariga Chon Duean; Segment #2 - Kluye Peang or Medium pitch wind pipe); Pleng: Nok Kamin Sam Chan; Artists: Rangsee Kasemsook, Wittaya Nujoy, Dusadee Meepom; Segment #3 - Kluye Hlib or high pitch windpipe); Pleng: Nok Kamin Sam Chan; Artists: Boochuay Sowat, Wittaya Nujoy, Dusadee Meepom; Segment #4 - String Ensemble - (Krung Sai Pee Chawa); Pleng: Lom Pat Chai Kao; Yomdoy Peng Pongsa vocalist; Segment #5 - The Wind Instruments, Part 2, Pee Nork, Pee Klang, Pee Nai, Pee Chawa & Pee Mon; Artist: Boochuay Sowat and friends; Segment #6 - (No header - VCT label indicates "Thai Northern Folk Music and Dances"); footage from public performance - several dance groups; abrupt transition to lecture-demo; "thank-yous" by woman; abrupt transition to Poonpit sitting, talking (in Thai) with elderly man, then with young man from above lecture-demo fame, then with a third guy - maybe a panel discussion?); during this whole segment sound level is very low; eventually picture goes bad, cuts in and out, then goes out just before end of VCT.

Documentation: 14 - 5 X 6" color photos of Thai instruments

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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Ethnomusicology
  • Video recordings in ethnomusicology

Geographical Names

  • Asia
  • Thailand--Asia--Southeast Asia

Form or Genre Terms

  • Lecture
  • Video recordings