‘Sound Zone’ was the first part of the Asia and Pacific Museum’s permanent exhibition mounted after the institution’s move to its present location.
The display shows around 120 musical instruments hailing from different countries and cultural regions. While some are amateur instruments with a simple structure, others are true works of art once used by professional musicians who performed at royal courts. The cultural background and functions of the different instruments are presented with the use of multimedia, enabling visitors to get to know the traditional uses of the instruments and the changes taking place in music as a result of different cultures influencing one another.
Visitors can not only see the beautiful instruments in the Museum’s collection, but also listen to some of them, watch videos presenting how they are played, and inspect contemporary and archival photographs documenting Asian music traditions.