Skor thom

The Skor thom (ស្គរធំ) are Cambodian 2-headed barrel drums played with a pair of wooden drumsticks.[1] They typically have skin heads made from oxen, cows or buffalos, and are played in pairs.[2] The drums are tuned such that one will give a "tighter and louder" sound when struck, while the other gives a "loose and more flatter tone."[2] The log is hollowed out to form a thin tube, about 1 centimeter thick, and the hide is stretched out on each side to create the drum.[2] Dimensions for the instruments vary, as they are carved from logs; however they can measure 50 centimetres long and be 46 centimetres in across at the center of the drum, with the ends being about 40 centimetres wide.[2]

The instruments are used in the pinpeat orchestra, placed at the front of the orchestra as a lead or dominant instrument.[1] They are also used with the sralay oboe in music for freestyle boxing music.[3]

Equivalent to the Thailand glong chatri.


  1. Khean, Yun; Dorivan, Keo; Lina, Y; Lenna, Mao. Traditional Musical Instruments of Cambodia (PDF). Kingdom of Cambodia: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. p. 207.
  2. "Skor". Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  3. "Skor". Retrieved 17 November 2018.
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