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January 21st, 2001

Throat Singing

Throat singing is a special vocal technique sometimes referred to as polyphonic singing. The first time I heard this type of singing was on a CD of Tibetan Buddhist chants. A single monk was able to make himself sound like two more people with no special effects or echo, just with his own gutteral chants. Throat singing is especially popular in the Central Asian country of Tuva.

What’s even more interesting is that supposedly a blind blues singer travelled to Tuva to learn the art of throat singing. There was an award winning film released about this singer (available on DVD) and he’s released a couple of CDs as well. Take a listen. Keep in mind — there are no instruments other than the singer’s voice.

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