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date: 21 January 2020


  • Judith Becker


Gong chime of the hsaìng-waìng ensemble of Myanmar (Burma). It consists of 21 small knobbed gongs strung horizontally in a circular wooden frame that surrounds the seated player, who strikes them with two beaters tipped with buffalo-hide discs. The tuning of the gongs can be altered by applying a mixture of beeswax and lead filings. This is one of the instruments common to South East Asian percussion ensembles. The circular frame, found in Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos, contrasts with the straight row found in insular South East Asia (Indonesia, Kalimantan, and the Philippines). Among the Mon of lower Myanmar the instrument (called ...

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