Sources of musical culture of Khmer, formings of their classic musical system, tool ascend to deep antiquity (orchestra, and also separate instruments are represented on the bas-reliefs of ancient temples of Angkora). Attaining a bloom in the period of Angkorskaya, the Khmer classic musical system was saved almost in an unchanging kind.
Music of Khmer is based on pentatonic. Its structure is determined by a rhythm, therefore a main place in an orchestra belongs to the shock instruments - drums (sampkho, chkhayyam), double kettle-drums (sko-tkhom), scanning the rhythm of dances, songs, and the dulcimers, gongs, "singing" accompaniment.
Melody is conducted by an oboe (pey o, pey-pok, pra pey) or reed flute (kkhloy).