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Enjoy Radiohead’s 'Creep' performed on a gayageum, the ancient Korean instrument


For a moment let’s step into the world of Korean musician Luna Lee who is putting her very own unique spin on some of her favourite artists.

The gayageum is a traditional Korean string instrument which dates back to the 6th century, tied to the history of the Three Kingdoms of Korea.  Traditionally played when sitting on the floor with crossed legs, Lee has developed the instrument so that the sound would match modern instruments in order to play along to contemporary music.

“The gayageum that I play is an ancient, traditional Korean instrument made for the purpose of playing traditional Korean music,” Lee explains. “My ancestors played the gayageum in a small room, so the sound did not need to be loud but my music is performed with modern instruments such as the drums, bass and the guitar.”

Lee has altered the volume and pressure of the instrument, developing its tone in order to increase the sustain sound. While Lee has previously taken on renditions of Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Voodoo Chile’ David Bowie‘s ‘The Man Who Sold The World’ and more, it was her work with Radiohead‘s iconic song ‘Creep’ that caught our eye.

Below, enjoy Lee performing the track: