This Blog is a collection of my recordings from travelling around Asia
This Blog is a collection of my recordings and collectings from travelling around Asia... expect lots of obscure instruments, strange sounds, electric and acoustic instruments, obscure records and tapes, and any other sounds i find on the road. Please be Patient, as the site is very content heavy, the Soundcloud streams are a bit slow to load...
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Had the amazing luck in Ayutthaya to run into an Amazing Guitarist who's doing some interesting stuff with Morlam style Phin playing on a 6 string guitar, whereas the Phin is typically a 3 string affair (the three highest strings) so hes playing the three high strings as a Phin and using the three lower strings to provide a foundation of bass for the Phin notes to play with/against. Before starting to play for this session he smoked a whole pill of yabba to the face, which might have contributed to the speed and dexterity at play here. We were also joined by Sato, the manager of our guesthouse, who is partially deaf but plays a mean drum. The nasty feedback you hear on some of the later tracks is from Sato's hearing aid, and is going straight into his ear, and seemed to be incredibly painful, half the set Sato played without his hearing aid and instead had a pair of headphones from my friends zoom with the monitors turned all the way up so he could hear. In the picture below you can see he has the headphones tied to his head with a t-shirt. His real drums were damaged in the recent flood, the skins were gone, so he is playing a home-made drum thats basically a wooden box with a thin plywood top. I returned to Ayutthaya recently and brought him new drum heads, because they are not available in Ayutthaya. The Last couple of tracks are sort of weird covers, and I believe two originals that he pulled out of nowhere in the end of the session.