Monday, November 23, 2009

Critical Commentaries

Youth VS Traditional Instrument

Malaysian youth behavior toward new media instruments and old instrument.

Before we go to the main idea, let introduce some instrument that have been used in Malaysia. Those traditional instrument have different name at different country. For example Percussion
Percussion includes things that are struck, scraped, rubbed, shaken, twirled , whipped, etc. The limits to percussion are those of the human imagination. The following percussion instruments are found on this site:

Balofon-West Africa
Deerskin Drum-N.America

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Jaw Harps or Jews Harps

Jaw harps or jew’s harp are found in many cultures around the world, and were a popular 'personal' instrument, in that they could be carried in a pocket easily and played whenever the player has an inkling for music. Most jaw harps are very quiet instruments played alone or in duets, however some European metal jaw harps are made very loud to be played in ensembles with other instruments. Although many sources claim that the term Jews harp has no racial connotations, in certain regions it did carry racial connotations, so this site will use the term jaw harp. Included are mostly bamboo or palm leaf instruments not found elsewhere on the web, and some very rare instruments collected throughout Asia. There are two main categories to these jaw harps, those that are activated by plucking the tongue or lamella, and those that are tension harps activated by pulling a string. In many cases both of these types can be found in the same region, or within close proximity to each other. The following jaw harps are found on this site:

Ankuoc - Kampuchea
Ata - Thailand
Bungkau - Sabah
Dan Moi - Vietnam
Genggong - Bali
Gerudeng - Sarawak
Giwong- Philippines
Rangguin - Malaysia

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The musical instruments of peninsular Malaysia can be classified into 4 categories. Aerofons are wind instruments. Cordofons are stringed instruments which are either plucked or bowed. Idiofons are percussive instruments which are struck or shaken. Membranofons, the largest group, are the drums and get their name from the skin or membrane which is stretched over the instrument to produce its sound when struck. For example : Serunai: The end-blown pipe is ubiquitous in Asia. It is believed to have originated from Palestine in the Middle East sometime during the 2nd century. It is a double reed instrument varying in length from 12 to 18 inches, and constructed from a variety of wood such as batang lada, lemab and nangka. Its three main parts are the kepala (head), batang (stem) and pipit (mouth piece). The instrument’s body is adorned with intricate carvings and painted in red, green, gold and black.

When we talk about Traditional Instrument to the youth. The first thing that come to their mind is "Traditional Instrument is for old generation and it outdated" and don't even know the name of those traditional instrument . Youth generation have this kind of thinking is logic because they lack of experience toward traditional instrument. Some of the youth never expose to traditional music instrument.

Youth more prefer music like Hip-Hop and not traditional music that create by traditional instrument. The Europe culture already effect youths in Malaysia or another country like Thailand or Korean. In the future Traditional Music Instrument wont be able to hear by youth generation if hip-hop phenomena continues like this in our culture.

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