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Stanford scholar researches into ancient Cambodian music

Stanford Humanities Center’s student scholar Trent Walker compiled his findings in a senior thesis entitled “Quaking and Clarity: Samvega and Pasada in Cambodian Dharma Songs,” according to the university website.

Traveling to seven provinces in three months, Mr. Walker interviewed Dharma song masters, invited them to record in Cambodian Living Arts’ studio, and photographed their manuscripts to produce an archive of nearly 50 hours of Dharma song recordings and over 100 texts.

“I hope in the coming years to make this archive available, particularly to people in Cambodia and in Cambodian communities abroad that are really interested in preserving this form or seeing it through its next evolution,” Mr. Walker said.

More about Trent Walker can be found on his personal website.

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