In this instrument, the sound is obtained by

placing the lips on a hole bored through the

peaked end of the conch and blowing through it.

In sue since the Koryo period, this instrument was employed

largely in military-type ceremonies and processionals, but it was also,

at one time, used in royal ancestral shrine music. Today, it forms part

of the processional music ensemble along with that of the conical

oboe(t'aep'yongso),clarion, large gong, cymbals, and dragon

drum(yonggo). Like the clarion, it plays no melody, but merely emits

one long, low, sustained tone, something akin to that of a fogelson,

that has a wide and slowly reverberating vibrato.

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