Luk thung

I tend to enjoy a bit of variety, so therefore this post offers something out of the ordinary: a teaser on  popular rural Thai music.

‘Luk Thung’ (Thai: ลูกทุ่ง ) is short for ‘Phleng luk thung’  which means something like ‘song of a child of the fields’. It is a music style from the north-eastern provinces of Thailand, referred to as Isan, where rural life is dominated by the poor working in the fields under a blistering sun. Luk thung music is said to reflect the hardships in this kind of life. The tempo is slow and the style of singing is very different from  western popular music. Being different, it becomes interesting.

A westerner would perhaps assume this style of music is traditional folk music, but it really isn’t. It is a relative new creation not much older than western popular music, but with obvious influence from Thai culture and traditions.  Some of the luk thung artists are no less than superstars in Thailand, selling millions of records. Still, most people in the west have no idea of their existence.

There is an obvious language barrier, as the songs are performed exclusively in Thai, Lao and Isan dialects. However, when I was a kid I listened to English language music without understanding the words. Understanding the words is not always required in music, and I don’t pretend to understand the words of Luk thung music.

Below is an example of Luk Thung music, the artist is Tai Orathai .

Tai Orathai

 

For more information on Luk thung, see for example *Luk thung* (Thai country song) and the history of popular music in Thailand from the 1930s up to the present.

SATURN V Model

Back in the day – in 1969 – American space travel was inspiring. The mighty Saturn V rockets, 110m tall and 10m wide, launched Apollo 11 to the Moon and inspired everyone who saw it.

Saturn V Launch with Apollo 11

 

Recently, I discovered a model of the mighty rocket on Thingiverse http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:45316 so I thought it would be fun to print it.  the model was split according to the original rocket stages, i.e. 3 rocket stages and the parts which flew to the Moon.

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The printed model is 30 cm tall, so essentially it is a 1/366 scale model of the original.  It was printed using 0.1 layer thickness, so each part took about 2-3 hours. It snapped together very nicely.

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This model  will be allocated visible location in the living room!