Monthly Archives: August 2011

White Elephants & Golden Ducks: Enchanting Musical Treasures From Burma

01 Chit Kyoo Thwe Tog Nyin Hmar Lar [Will You Accept My Love or Not-]

02 Mingala Thiri [Prosperous Majesty]

03 Sabe [Jasmine Flower]

04 Phu Pwae Lat Tin [The Huggenots]

05 Chauk Lon Bat Let Swan Pya [Improvisation on Chauk Lon Bat Drums]

06 Ar Kar Na Ban [Heavenly Space]

07 Shwe Soan Nyo [Golden Brown Hawk]

08 De Pya, Ne Pya [One Penny, Two Pennies]

09 Hylat Pan Khway Nwe [Powerful King of Thunder and Lightning]

10 Shew Kyet Kel Han Chi [Jaunty Air of the Cock]

11 Kyar Chi Yan [Waiting for the Beloved King at the Royal Bed]

12 Thabyay Ywet Yi [Auspicious Leaves, The Sign of Victory]

13 Nan Bhon Thi Har Bway [Distinguished Palace for Royalty]

14 Kyay Say Ta Mann [Messenger Dove]

15 Seit Kuu Yin Ah Hla [Dreaming of Beauty]

16 Mya Man Giri [Palace at Mandalay Hill]


Can’t Stop Dancing . . . Sounds of Khaen Isaan

Can’t Stop Dancing…Sounds of Khaen Isaan – 01

Can’t Stop Dancing…Sounds of Khaen Isaan – 02

Can’t Stop Dancing…Sounds of Khaen Isaan – 03

Can’t Stop Dancing…Sounds of Khaen Isaan – 04

Can’t Stop Dancing…Sounds of Khaen Isaan – 05

Can’t Stop Dancing…Sounds of Khaen Isaan – 06

Can’t Stop Dancing…Sounds of Khaen Isaan – 07

Can’t Stop Dancing…Sounds of Khaen Isaan – 08

Can’t Stop Dancing…Sounds of Khaen Isaan – 09

Can’t Stop Dancing…Sounds of Khaen Isaan – 10

Can’t Stop Dancing…Sounds of Khaen Isaan – 11

Can’t Stop Dancing…Sounds of Khaen Isaan – 12






















The Outsider OST (The Impossibles & Chantana Kitiyapan)

A-1 The Impossibles – I Hate Beautiful Girls

A-2 The Impossibles – The Outsider

A-4 The Impossibles – Give Me a Chance

B-1 The Impossibles – Travelling

B-2 The Impossibles – The Moon

B-3 The Impossibles – Had Baan Pae

B-4 The Impossibles – Music Boat

B-5 The Impossibles – No Answer From Heaven

B-6 The Impossibles – Please Care For Me Darling

Cambodian Space Project interview

06 Cambodian Space Project – Tek Tum (Big Water)

05 Cambodian Space Project – Chnam Oun Dop Pram Mouy (I’m Sixteen)


































[Interview with CSP guitarist Julien Poulson – July 2011]

How did the band come about?
By accident, I first came to Cambodia on an Asialink Artist Residency program. I was supposed to go to East Timor but conflict had flared to a crisis point and no-one was traveling to Timor to start music projects, I called Asialink and they told me the program was for all Asia and to go ‘look at the map, and call back with another choice’ so I went to Cambodia. I soon met and heard Master Kong Nay whose gravely, blues-like Chapei Dong Veng songs just blew me away, I was hooked. I made several more trips, whenever I could, made a series of videos and a film called Mekong Delta Blues and started working on a dramatic screenplay, a musical or sorts, involving a character from a small village who ends up in the city and becomes involved in unexpected twists through a preoccupation with music. I filmed, interviewed and recorded people, from master musicians and university professors through to singing hawkers, orphans and beer ladies. On one occasion, a young woman told me I should meet her friend ‘a really good singer’, I took her advice and went to a bar where Srey Thy had just started working. Chanthy had consulted a fortune teller just a week earlier to ask if she was making the right decision to work in a bar entertaining ‘barang’ foreigners. She’d long been a karaoke singer in Cambodian bars but this was different. The fortune teller, told she would meet a foreigner who would offer her a job and this would change her life. So it seems that was me. When I met Srey Thy, the only English she knew was ‘Hello, you like eat drink beer?”. I stuck around for a few beers and played Thy a bunch songs I had with me, her face lit up and she seems really surprised I had this music. We agreed to meet and rehearse a few songs, I found some more musicians and organised a show. The first gig went really well and before we’d even finished the night we had a band, all we needed was a name, for a few reasons The Cambodian Space Project seemed to fit the bill perfectly. It then took Srey Thy about 4 months to learn to pronounce the name in English.

Who composes the songs? What does the band consider to be its major

Another reason why I dropped everything else to be in a band in Cambodia was the moment I realised that Srey Thy was a natural, and very good, songwriter. That moment was at a little home studio in Kampot when she announced to the band that she would sing her song, an incredibly beautiful song called ‘Mondulkiri’. For Srey Thy her main influence in Pan Ron and the Cambodian singers of the 60’s as well as some old folk music. For the rest of us, we’re influenced by 60’s music from the Shangri-Las to the Velvet Underground but there’s a whole lot more and it changes everyday. The main thing to mention is that most Cambodians don’t know any music outside of the Cambodian experience, I mean Sin Sisamouth was a worldly producer in Cambodian Rock’s hey day, importing influences from the British Invasion bands, GI Radio, French songs and so on but today, if you ask, very few Cambodians will know of The Beatles, Elvis, The Rolling Stones, it seems the war broke and isolated everything. From the 80’s people knew about Michael Jackson and today it’s Beyonce or Brittany Spears or soppy m.o.r. shit like Whitney Houston. Today’s Cambodian music, karaoke is for the most part insipid schmultz.

How does the band see themselves in the history of Cambodian music?
Southeast Asian music? Global music?

Well, we’re part of a new wave of cross-culture bands that are emerging from SEA and reaching a global audience. It’s a great time to be in a band in SEA. In the history of Cambodian music? Srey Thy’s story, of rags to (musical) riches is a great one and the band is probably the first of its sort in Cambodia to successfully merge cultures and make something out of this line-up of musicians from different backgrounds. There’s bands from out of the Cambodian diaspora like Dengue Fever from California who’ve been very successfully raiding the Cambodian Rock cooky jar for a long time – we cover much of the same material but now there’s quite big scene of new, cross-culture/genre bands Cambodia – Dub Addiction and Cyclosonic are very good examples of this new Khmer/Barang scene.

As a vinyl collector I’m always interested in why bands decide to do vinyl
releases in this day and age. Why did you choose a vinyl release?

Well, we love vinyl. It’s a format that hasn’t been seen in Cambodia since before the Khmer Rouge took control of the country and set about destroying all culture. It seemed a fitting tribute to do, paying homage to the great musicians of the pre-war times, most of whom were killed by the Khmer Rouge.

Any upcoming CSP shows or projects?

Yes, we’re playing a few final shows in Phnom Penh then a couple in Bangkok before heading to UK for End of The Road Festival and other shows in UK and Europe. We’re then heading to Bali where we’re guests at this year’s Ubud Writer’s Festival and will take some time to meet and mix with Balinese musicians. We have a special show at Arte Morris in East Timor then we land in Darwin, Australia to start a long summer tour from November 11 onwards. We might also be going to NZ but will spend a bit of time while in Australia to record second album.

Any other Cambodian bands or musicians we should look-out for?

Ouch Savy, Dub Addiction and Cyclosonic and for hip-hop Lisha at Klapyahandz and a lot of the MC’s coming out of Tiny Toones. Oh, and if you don’t know about master Kong Nay ‘the Ray Charles of Phnom Penh, then google him first, he sounds more like Led Belly but looks uncannily like Ray Charles. There’s a whole lot more but too much to talk about right now.


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