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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Tuvan Throat Singing

Throat singing, a guttural style of singing or chanting, is one of the world's oldest forms of music. For those who think the human voice can produce only one note at a time, the resonant harmonies of throat singing are surprising. In throat, or overtone singing, a singer can produce two or more notes simultaneously through specialized vocalization techniques taking advantage of the throat's resonance characteristics. By precise movements of the lips, tongue, jaw, velum, and larynx, throat singers produce unique harmonies using only their bodies. Throat singing is most identified with the Tuvan people of southern Siberia, who use their voices to mimic and interact with the sounds of the natural world -- whistling birds, bubbling streams, or the blowing wind. Throat singing is simply the sounds we all make, or are capable of making, to connect ourselves with nature. Read more.

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