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【Instrument】Duyuglar / дуюглар / 杜尤格拉尔

The Duyuglar (Chinese spelling: Dù yóu gélā ěr (杜尤格拉尔); Tuvan spelling: дуюглар (meaning "horse hooves")), is a self-sounding percussion instrument, which is made by first boiling, baking and then drying horse hooves. The sound is produced by two horse hooves striking each other. The interior of one of the hooves can also be ornamented with bells and other metallic objects to modify and enrich tone. The instrument was first produced by the Tuva musician Alexey Saryglar and put into the context of modern traditional music of Tuva. Alexey is also a collaborative musician of Living Mythologies.

杜尤格拉尔(英文拼写:Duyuglar (Horse hooves);图瓦语拼写:дуюглар(图瓦语意为“马蹄子”)),是一种自鸣打击乐器,它是由马的蹄子通过煮沸然后烘干以后制成的。声音是由蹄子之间互相敲打而产生的,蹄子的内部也可以添加铃铛和其他金属物体来修饰音色。该乐器最早是由图瓦音乐家阿列克谢·萨勒格拉尔(Alexey Saryglar)制作并投入到音乐当中使用的。阿列克谢也是神话接力的合作人之一。


Alexey Saryglar (阿列克谢·萨勒格拉尔)

The Duyuglar is a good example of instances of “mimesis” and “imitation” found in Tuvan music. It is based on nature, so it's sound also reflects the most original feelings, yet what's more, is that additional mimesis oriented metaphorical qualities are added to the subtleties of the instrument's performance by excellent Tuvan players. When the musician uses Duyuglar to play, they mimic the rhythm of the horseshoe, while adding a lot of special or rather metaphorical effects.


Whenever people hear the rhythm of Duyuglar's beat, they always remember the feeling of riding a horse. This is the charm of Tuvan music. Living Mythologies attempts to bring the original taste of Tuvan music into its own music by using the original musical instruments, even for some original songs that will be released soon. Below you can listen carefully to the specific application of Duyuglar in music. I wonder if you also have this feeling?



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