Any rock music fan knows the familiar opening chords to Pink Floyd's anti-establishment school kid rouser "Another Brick in the Wall." But they've probably never heard a version like this before, performed by Korean musician Luna Lee who uses the 12-stringed traditional Korean instrument known as a gayageum.
The song is, no doubt, recognizable but the gayageum adds haunting, ancient-sounding reverberations to one of Pink Floyd's most beloved tracks. As an instrument the gayageum dates back to around the 6th century AD so it's intriguing seeing it used to cover 20th century rock music.
But, as a mark of Lee's skill with the instrument, she takes on the song with no difficulty whatsoever. And when it comes to David Gilmour's well-known guitar riffs Lee's gayageum playing makes the song her own.
Luna says of her music and the difficulties faced, "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. So I had to redevelop my gayageum so that the sound would match that of the modern instrument. I had to increase the volume and pressure, develop tone and increase the sustain sound. And hoping to express the sound of gayageum more diversely like that of the guitar, I had to study guitar effectors and amplifiers and test them to see if they would fit to the sound of the gayageum. Playing modern music on a traditional instrument was not an easy process. I have come a long way from the beginning but still have a long way to go!
Nothing is going to beat the original, of course, but this makes for a very intriguing cover. Lee's previous rock song covers include Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, and Nirvana. She's recently uploaded another classic Floyd track from the same album The Wall, "Comfortably Numb."
Check it out below.