Between 2012 and 2014 we undertook a major archiving project. Through this project, we documented and recorded 15 of the last surviving musicians and 315 songs of 4 endangered Cambodian musical forms:
• Classical Wedding Music
• Smot (poetry chanting)
• Kantaoming (ancient funeral music)
• Areak (animist possession ceremonies’ music)
From April 2012 to January 2013 our team travelled to the Masters’ homes to film performances in their communities, then invited them to Phnom Penh to record in a professional studio.
We produced 5 CDs from these sessions, which include in-depth interviews with the musicians and links to resources to learn more about their work.
We also produced 3 full-length documentaries about Smot, Classical Wedding Music and Kantaoming, which were broadcast on Cambodian TV channel CTN in 2013 and 2014.You can watch these documentaries here, in our video library.
More info: To access recordings for research purposes, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Partners: We worked with Cambodian Buddhist scholar and archivist Trent Walker on the project. We received funding from the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation, U.S. Department of State.