Tuvan throat singing

February 19, 2010

Leonid just sent in this terrific performance of Tuvan throat singing. I had never heard this style of singing rhythmicized; I’m used to the Tibetan low droning technique and the Russian octavists in early 20th century Russian Orthodox choral literature. I realize that my brain isn’t used to making the melodic connections between the resonant singing style, and the style where the actual voice is clipped and we only hear the overtones. As I listen three or four times, I finally “get” it.

I love how his audience is entranced, leaning forward with enthusiasm and engagement. Listen to it a couple of times. It’s actually catchy.

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