Music with a difference

Something different today –  sounds and vibrations.

Overtone singing—also known as overtone chanting, harmonic singing or throat singing—is a type of singing in which the singer manipulates the resonances (or formants) created as air travels from the lungs, past the vocal folds, and out of the lips to produce a melody.

The harmonics (fundamental and overtones) of a sound wave made by the human voice can be selectively amplified by changing the shape of the resonant cavities of the mouth, larynx and pharynx. This resonant tuning allows singers to create apparently more than one pitch at the same time (the fundamental and a selected overtone), while actually generating only a single fundamental frequency with their vocal folds.  Each note is like a rainbow of sound. When you shoot a light beam through a prism, you get a rainbow. You think of a rainbow of sounds when you sing one note. If you can use your throat as a prism, you can expose the rainbow – through positioning the throat in a certain physical way, which will reveal the harmonic series note by note’

Do you think there is a similarity between the two ?

Raili Tanska

Steps for Peace

“Music is the great uniter. An incredible force. Something that people who differ on everything and anything else can have in common.” ― Sarah Dessen, Just Listen

12 thoughts on “Music with a difference

  1. I think that it is impossible. These people have tape recorders stashed away somewhere and a radio speaker surgically implanted in their mouths.

    1. Lol! There’s a YouTube video I watched showing the inside of the mouth and throat of someone throat singing. Fascinating. I went to a Tibetan monk led meditation once and heard it live. Quite amazing.

  2. That’s amazing! I’ve never heard throat singing before. I’m going to have to show it to my brother Angus. He’ll be fascinated. I bet he’ll want to learn how to do it.
    The Aboriginal Didge player: his body paint made it so that you got an idea of what muscles he was using. It looked exhausting – but sounded superb.
    This is an excellent post 🙂

    1. Thanks Jane. There are YouTube videos teaching how to do the throat singing. Didgeridoo playing requires the person to do circular breathing, quite an art. I’m planning a follow up post on the solfeggio scale – ancient harmonics. Fascinating stuff. Glad you like it 🙂

    2. I know you don’t watch TV, but there’s a show called Big Bang Theory. It’s a sitcom about the lives of four super nerds. Very funny. One of them, Sheldon (a HSP genius – or perhaps high end autistic) can throat sing. For real. Sheldon is my favourite, he’s so nerdy, needy, obsessed, naive, oblivious to how he impacts others.

      1. I loved that show when I had a TV! It’s one of the few programmes I miss. Sheldon is shockingly, impractically adorable.
        I’d say it’s autism. That would explain why I find hm so lovable.

      2. I think so too. You would enjoy Kathy Lett’s book The Boy Who Fell to Earth. It’s fiction based in real life experiences with her son, who has high end autism spectrum disorder, It’s hilarious, She has just published a new one too as a follow up called Best Laid Plans which is about helping him get laid for the first time. Haven’t read that yet.

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