Siloy [si’oi, si’oy, begut]
- Trân Quang Hai
- , revised by Patricia Matusky
[si’oi, si’oy, begut]
Transverse bamboo flute of the aboriginal peoples of Peninsular Malaysia. The Jah Hut people of Pahang call their transverse flutes siloy and begut. The length of the siloy is determined by its maker. A typical size is about 14 or 15 cm (but longer sizes are found) with only one hole (the mouth hole) cut into the side of the tube at one end, and a very small hole cut into the natural node at the proximal end. The opposite end is left open. The flute is held at the proximal end by the right hand using the thumb to control the flow of air through the small hole in the node, while the other hand opens and closes the opposite end in varying degrees to control the desired pitch. This flute is used to imitate repetitive birdcalls.
The Jah Hut begut is similar and usually much the same length, closed at both ends by the natural nodes, with three equidistant fingerholes near one end of the tube and a mouth hole near the opposite end. Some examples are about 45 cm long or longer; when these are played, the thumbs of both hands support the ...