Besides the horse-headed pegbox, Matouqin is very recognizable for its unusual playing techniques and styles. Our production approached Matouqin in pursuit of the indigenous flavour instead of the more Westernized style, and by delivering that flavour, all the composers and musicians now have a chance to explore and express in the most authentic and original Mongolian flavour easily. HuGejiletu, a member of the Hanggai band in China, is the recording Matouqin musician of this project.
Matouqin contains various types of legato, tremolo, trills, slaps, and staccato, as well as special techniques, phrases and articulations. With the extensive sampling, Modwheel triggered expressions, along with the already established tradition of superior knowledge in the instruments, the live playability of Matouqin is, like all the Kong Audio plugins, unmatchable.
MaTouQin(horse-headed fiddle The Mongolian Vibe from the Steppes
Matouqin (horse-headed fiddle, aka morin khuur), as one of the precious legacies of the Mongolian people, has been heartily embraced by Chinese musicians today as a vital musical element. Its unique sound character complements other classical Chinese instruments in a way like no others. Matouqin is believed to be originated from the nomadic people during the Tang Dynasty (7th – 10th centuries), and became widely known circa Genghis Khan’s reign. Nowadays, like many other Mongolian legacies, Matouqin has become a valuable part of Chinese culture.
BaWuBaWuis a free-reed Chinese instrument, orginally used by some minority peoples in South China. It has become widely used through out the modern day Chinese Mainland in all kinds of music.
HuluSi is a free-reed wind instrument of China made of bottle gourd. “Hulu” is the Chinese name for bottle gourd; “Si”, silk, used here to describe the unrelenting characteristic of HuluSi’s vibrating tail tone. The history of Hulusi is not well documented other than that it may have been used by the ethnic minorities in the nowadays Yunnan (literally means “South of Clouds”) province for a very, very long time, maybe as long as a thousand years. Yunnan is famous for its diversity of landscapes and ethnic groups, its culture flavour is rather different from other parts of China. To-day, HuluSi is the most representative instrument of Yunnan, and in recent years it has been improved, spread and promoted both at the national and international levels, and received good recognitions. HuluSi is especially known for its unrelenting, yet soft, moody tone.