Khoomei or throat singing

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Khoomei or throat singing

The “khoomei” or throat singing is an ancestral overtone singing that consists in reproducing natural sounds like the flow of water, the breath of wind, the echo of the mountains, the rumble of thunder, the singing of birds, etc. An overtone singing is characterised by a vocal technique that allows to make simultaneously several sounds with a single vocal organ, combining different voices and different ways to place the tongue or the lips.

The singer uses his/her throat to give out a continuous deep sound, and, at the same time, using his/her tongue to control the breathed out air, he/she manages to modulate the resonance in more high-pitched harmonics. This singing can be related to the mouth harp, this small instrument that also produces several different sounds: drone, singing, and counterpoint.

A khoomei singer must know the different organs very well to use them with precision: pharynx, vocal cords, oral cavity, tongue, lips, and nasal cavity. Good khoomei singers can modify their own frequency by adapting the volume of the oral cavity, the opening of the mouth, and the position of the lips.

Overtone singings have been sung for a long time in many cultures across the world, especially in Asia, by Mongolians, Tuvas, Bachkirs, Altai people, and Tibetan people, but also in Italy by Sardinian people, in India by Rajasthan people, or in South Africa by Xhosa people.

Some have noticed that a third sound could be produced with Tuvan techniques, but it’s still impossible to know if this third sound can be controlled. This third sound seems more to look like the mouth harp’s counterpoint.

So, khoomei is nothing but an overtone singing. But it’s divided into six categories: khamrin khoomii (nasal khoomei), bagalzuuriin khoomii (glottal khoomei), tseejnii khondiin khoomii (chest cavity khoomei), uruulin khoomii (labial khoomei), khosmoljin or turlegt khoomii (khoomei combined with long song), tagnain khoomi (palatal khoomei). The difference lies in the technique used.

Khoomei is said to come from the area of Khovd, in the Altai range, western Mongolia. The four most famous khoomei singers of Mongolia are Suindui Jajaa, Tserendorj, Ganbold, and Odsuren, and they all come from Khovd. Besides Ganbold worked as sound operator on the original soundtrack of the famous movie “Queen Mandukhai the wise”. But khoomei also extended to other areas sometimes really far from Khovd.

Khoomei, and more generally all types of overtone singing, is also supposed to have therapeutic virtues. Experiments led by doctors and musicians have often shown that there was a connection between mental or physical health and music. When it’s used for therapeutic purposes, khoomei’s main goal is to bring back concentration and sanity. Some shamanic experiences and Tibetan singings are very close to this goal too.

For example, this type of singing is said to have real effects on stammer, blocks in the throat, confidence in one’s voice, inhibition, respiratory problems, anxiety, tiredness, childbirth pain, etc. but no study confirms the efficacy of the practice.

And moreover, these effects are said to affects, not only humans, but also animals!

Mongolia | Throat Singer movie directed by Joe Harper

Mongolia | Throat Singer movie directed by Joe Harper

15,346 views•Jun 12, 20196804ShareSaveOYUNA 155 subscribers For the 15th anniversary of the OYUNA brand, our thoughts turned to the brand’s origins and aspirations to showcase Mongolia as not only the producer of the world’s best cashmere, but as a hub of dynamic creatives. The OYUNA team took a trip to Mongolia to spend time with some of these inspiring individuals, documenting their lives in a series of short films and images. Singer Nyamjantsan Galsanjamts fb/nuudelchid Filmed by Joe Harper Edited by Callum Pepper Creative Direction Oyuna Tserendorj Location Mongolia 20 minutes outside Ulaanbaatar About OYUNA The OYUNA brand embodies the deep connection between the designer, the land she comes from and her commitment to sharing the values and cashmere of Mongolia with the world. Oyuna Tserendorj believes in the essence of things, experiences and what it is to be human, for her creativity is intrinsic to that, and a condition that is at the very heart of it. A soulful quest for the essential, OYUNA tells the story of our experience through the few precious objects we own, reflecting the nomadic values of Mongolia. Meticulously sourced Mongolian cashmere, one of the most treasured fibres in the world, sits alongside the finest cotton and silk, and is at the heart of OYUNA; ultra-soft and warm, with a rich heritage of providing protection in the world’s most inhospitable terrains. A cycle of continual innovation, Oyuna pushes the boundaries of cashmere design in bold new unexpected directions, providing cashmere constructions, to live in. Website:​ Instagram:​ Pinterest:​ Facebook:

How to Throat Sing With 3 Easy Steps (Kargyraa Style)

How to Throat Sing With 3 Easy Steps (Kargyraa Style)

109,610 views•Sep 9, 20207.1K34ShareSaveHachapuri 2.14K subscribers Hello! Recently on Reddit, I posted a poll about which video I should make:​ Taking the votes into account, also interests of my friends who wanted to learn Mongolian throat singing, I present you “how to throat sing in 3 easy steps!” =) It might take some dedication to get it better, it could be a bit challenging for girls but personally, I’ve seen a live show of a Tuvan woman, musician, and artist Sainkho, who can do a few forms of this culture. Another person was a female student I met a few years ago. She used to learn how to play morin khuur with a few boys when she was young, the boys were learning khoomei. They teased her that she can’t sing it because she is a girl, so she got irritated and practiced morin khuur with khoomei at home. After some time, it seems she was able to sing as well as any other person. There is another woman who can sing it as well, she plays in Tuvan folk-rock band Yat-Kha 🙂 In any case, let me know in the comments below if you have questions or ideas. Oh, one detail I forgot to mention in the video is that this type of singing is specifically called “kargyraa”. The other one is called “isgeree”(or sygyt in Tuvan) is quite difficult to learn, I still haven’t mastered it fully. The intro music was done originally by ElectroKaplosion – coffin dance music with Mongolian theme, a super cool dude, check out his channel 😀 –…​ If you liked the content and if you wish to support this channel for further video, please do give this man a helping hand 😀 Paypal: Bitcoin: 1ADx4AKFdSfawk8ZS9qKz4h3iTZjTFU4LX Ethereum: 0x33e22F604641F2D2e9d6A1F887fc9A3aC13fa065 Some of you might have noticed the beginning, it was a parody of NigaHiga’s videos of “How to be …” series whuaha. I hope you enjoyed the video and please do subscribe and share it with friends if possible =) Thank you! ❤️ #Хөөмий

4K Bi] Tuva Men (National Anthem of Tuva) / Andrei Mongush

4K Bi] Tuva Men (National Anthem of Tuva) / Andrei Mongush

5,564 views•Apr 8, 20182302ShareSaveTokyoMediaBoy 295 subscribers Let’s enjoy voice of “Khoomei” by People’s Honor Khoomei Singer of Tuva and sounds of traditional instruments. トゥバ国民栄誉ホーメイ歌手によるホーメイの歌声、民族楽器の響きをお楽しみ下さい。 Let’s enjoy traditional music by 4K Video and 1bit / 2.8MHz (DSD) Audio. 伝統音楽を4Kビデオ、1bit/2.8MHz(DSD)録音でお楽しみ下さい。 Audio is Binaural recording, gives high reality. 音響はバイノーラル録音です。臨場感をお楽しみ下さい。 You can enjoy more performances at the following page. より多くの演目を下記のページでお楽しみ頂けます。 [ English page ]…​ [ 日本語ページ ]…​ Let’s enjoy more digital contens at the following page. 下記にて、より多くのデジタルコンテンツをお楽しみ下さい。 [ Musashino Media Laboratory ]….​ [ 武蔵野メディア研究所 ]

Tuvan musician Marat Damdyn, throat singing

Tuvan musician Marat Damdyn, throat singing

41,132 views•Jul 16, 201071812ShareSaveEnduring Voices & Endangered Languages 4.19K subscribers Tuvan musician and instrument maker Marat Damdyn, plays traditional Tuvan melodies on the “chanzy”, and his nephew demonstrates throat singing. Recorded in Tuva in 2001 by K. David Harrison

TUVA—Kaigal-ool Khovalyg Tuvan throat singing performance—Khöömei Festival 1998 part 15

TUVA—Kaigal-ool Khovalyg Tuvan throat singing performance—Khöömei Festival 1998 part 15

79 views•Feb 9, 202130ShareSaveEnduring Voices & Endangered Languages 4.18K subscribers Tuvan musician Kaigal-ool Khovalyg performing for the 1998 Khöömei Festival musical competition in Kyzyl, Tuva. Research and videography by K. David Harrison. Funded by IREX.

TUVA—Shamans and Throat Singers, including Kongar-ool Ondar.

TUVA—Shamans and Throat Singers, including Kongar-ool Ondar.

335 views•Dec 30, 2020220ShareSaveEnduring Voices & Endangered Languages 4.18K subscribers Research and videography by K. David Harrison, as a member of the jury at the Khoomei Festival 1998 in Kyzyl, Republic of Tuva. Notable performers included: Kongar-ool Ondar, Kaigal-ool Khovalyg, David Shomfai Kara (Hungary), and artists from USA and Japan. 1020579 02

TUVA—Dávid Somfai Kara throat singing performance—Khöömei Festival 1998 part 19

TUVA—Dávid Somfai Kara throat singing performance—Khöömei Festival 1998 part 19

172 views•Feb 9, 202160ShareSaveEnduring Voices & Endangered Languages 4.18K subscribers Dávid Somfai Kara from Hungary performing at the 1998 Khöömei Festival musical competition in Kyzyl, Tuva. Research and videography by K. David Harrison. Funded by IREX.