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Title: Prachan : music, competition, and conceptual fighting in Thai culture
Author: Lekakul, Great
ISNI:       0000 0004 7431 2090
Awarding Body: SOAS University of London
Current Institution: SOAS, University of London
Date of Award: 2017
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This thesis is an examination of the traditional Thai music competition 'prachan', mainly the prachan piiphaat seephaa which is the major arena of competition in traditional Thai music. The research focuses on the concept and process of prachan piiphaat seephaa with its changes and development in modern society and its reflection of Thai music and culture. The thesis reveals the function and characteristics of prachan, which are predicated in the concept of musical interaction and response with the role of 'conceptual fighting' cooperating with symbolic cultural meaning as 'musical conflict'. The conceptual fighting approach clarifies the way in which the musicians respond to and overcome each other through their musical ideas in competition. This competition involves a range of musical and extra musical network. Four interactive approaches - interactive collaboration, conceptualisation, audience, and environments - reveal in depth the prachan framework. The process of prachan rehearsals and music lessons with the involvement of mythology reveals the musicians' perceptions of the prachan concept and process and the musicians' way of life. Exploring prachan in modern Thai society shows the changes in and development of contemporary prachan. It illustrates how the musicians' relationships have been transformed in terms of music schools and institutions; how the present musical format of prachan piiphaat seephaa has contracted from the standard one; the changes and trends in prachan through the concept, form, hua phleeng and haang phleeng pieces, as well as the high-speed performance and the application of the klong khaek drums in competitions. The changes in music technology and media have had an enormous effect on both the prachan process and musicians' and audiences' perceptions of prachan. Reflecting upon prachan in Thai music and culture shows that prachan and conceptual fighting are part of the cultural construction representing a culture of 'spontaneous response and fighting' as conflict in Thai music and society and in people's everyday lives. Prachan plays a significant part in the development process and creativity of Thai music and society through four paradigms. The concept of the contraction of time and space describes the relationships between prachan and culture in modern Thai society.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral