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Old 08-26-2015, 04:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Traditional Chinese/Asian Music

Can anyone recommend some good traditional Chinese/Asian music. Doesn't have to be Chinese. Thai, Japanese, Korean, Tibetan, Malaysian, Taiwanese, doesn't matter.

I watched the movie, House of Flying Daggers, again recently and was struck by how beautiful the music was.

Here's the kinda sound I'm after:









All recommendations welcome.

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Old 08-26-2015, 04:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The only immediate thing that comes to mind (though I'm sure there's more) is Chinese opera, which I'm not fond of at all tbh.
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Cheers, Frowny. That was nice. Not overly keen on the singing, but lovely music. I'll check out some more of their stuff.
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Their best albums are Ancestors Call and Fly, Fly My Sadness. The latter has one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard.

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That's a powerful song. That guy's voice at the end, is it natural or manipulated? Either way, gorgeous track.
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Old 08-26-2015, 06:02 PM   #6 (permalink)
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That's a powerful song. That guy's voice at the end, is it natural or manipulated? Either way, gorgeous track.
All the singing is natural. They're using a technique called throat singing (pretty much the only thing that Tuva is known for) where you can sing two notes at once.
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I like Anna Guo quite a bit. This track is a little more upbeat, but great:




I also like Jiang Jianhua. This is more in the bittersweet, erhu-centric vein of the first track posted in the OP:

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I'm really surprised you don't know about throat singing.

I'll hit you with a bunch of asian stuff once I'm home.
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Old 08-27-2015, 05:56 AM   #9 (permalink)
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If you liked House of Flying Daggers (which it appears you do), you'll probably also love the soundtrack for Hero (another awesome movie in the same genre).



I think "Gone With Leaves" is the best off of this album.

Also, this is by no means "traditional Chinese," but I suspect this might also be up your alley:



The full soundtrack to that game is absolutely phenomenal, highly recommended.

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Janszoon, the tracks you posted are spot on and just what I was looking for. Cheers.

misspoptart, yeah, Hero and Journey both have lovely soundtracks (great movie/great game too). Indeed I bought the Journey OST on CD. It's beautiful.
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