GONG MONG SUUNG
- Sword Dances and Courting Songs of Chiang Mai, Thailand, 1969
2 Disc Set:
DVD 66 minutes (main title - 41 minutes) / CD - 12 tracks, 69 minutes
- commentary audio track
- 'The Story Behind the Film'
- 'The Story of Wichian Petnin'
- still frame slide show
Released by earthcds partners.
In December of 1969, veteran ethnomusicologist David Morton travelled from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, the cultural center of the Lanna people of Thailand. He met up with a young music teacher named Gerald Dyck, who had been studying the local music traditions for the previous two years. Together, they recorded a series of musical performances on 16mm film and audio tape. In 1973, Dyck spliced the ten sessions with some b-roll footage, slides, and titles into one film that could be played in rough synchronization with the audio track. This finished product was mailed to UCLA, where Morton was a professor, to be stored safely in their archive. But Dyck never received confirmation of delivery, and after several fruitless inquiries, dejectedly concluded that it had been lost. More than 30 years later, archivist John Vallier discovered the film reel and audio tapes, mislabeled and buried in the vast ocean of media in the UCLA archive. With these resurrected resources, a digital transfer was made, the video and audio were newly synched, and this DVD and its companion CD were planned to incorporate the wealth of knowledge that Gerald Dyck acquired during those 30 years.