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dear listeners,

I’d like to announce a couple of concerts in The Netherlands and in Poland in the coming week:


Monday 18 november, AMSTERDAM, Het Poortgebouw, 1st Floor, Tolhuisweg 2: Oorsprong Curator Series, start at 20 o’ clock. Free-improvisation with flutist Mark Alban Lotz and guitarist Bram Stadhouders and vocalist Mark van Tongeren, and several other exciting music/dance impro-combinations in two other sets that same night.

Thursday 21 November, AMSTERDAM, Mediamatic/Fabriek – Echokamer, 20:30, Superstringtrio (Rollin Rachele, Mark van Tongeren) and Daphne van Tongeren (light/performance).
Echokamer is a series of events during which composers, musicians and other sound-makers experiment with sound at, and with the sound of, Mediamatic Fabriek. The giant industrial hall reverberates and erodes, and produces quite a bit of sound all by itself. The perfect place for noisy experiments. Read more details about Superstringtrio’s sonic excursion next Thursday on this link:

Sunday 24 November, KRAKOW (Poland), Audio Art Festival/Bunkier Sztuki, 19 o’clock, Superstringtrio. We have been invited by Marek Choloniewski, founder of Audio Art Festival, one of the most long-standing festivals dedicated to Sound Art in all its beautiful, radical and weird manifestations, to join the ranks of many artists who have performed there in past decades. Superstringtrio will present an updated version of its performance Incognito Ergo Sum, premiered in Amsterdam earlier this year at the occasion of the PhD-defense of Mark van Tongeren’s Thresholds of the Audible- thesis at Leiden University. See a short clips of it on Vimeo: For the full program of the festival, which has already started yesterday and continues next week, check this link:
(with our thanks to Horst Rickels, who gives a workshop and concert in Krakow tomorrow with his Lesley-speakersystem, together with Robert Pravda).

In a couple of hours I am leaving Taiwan. If all goes well I might join Oorbeek tomorrow, Saturday 16 November at the opening of The New Institute in ROTTERDAM. Set 1 at 17 o’ clock, set 2 at 17:45. 6th floor, Museumpark 25, 3015 CB Rotterdam,

Hope to see you somewhere!

Best wishes,

mark van tongeren

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I was raised artistically with The Silo Theatre of Amsterdam in the 1990s, make improvised music with Oorbeek, compose and improvise with my own Parafonia crew, and have some solo musical and non-musical alter ego’s.

I do a PhD in the arts at Leiden University / docARTES in Ghent, entitled “Overtone Singing and the thresholds of audibility.” You’ll find more info on

Currently, I love philosophy/phenomenology.

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At 2:47pm on September 15, 2011, frderik aldrik hendrik de wolff said…
ha Mark,

Goeie vlucht gehad? Mijn opleiders die ook regelmatig contact hebben in Taiwan zijn benieuwd of je als zij weer een keer daar zijn dan wel in de Volksrepubliek contact mogen zoeken met jou.

Breng straks je boek en cd naar de bieb. Inderdaad bijzondere cd,gaat dwars door het hoofd heen soms.

Ik vond het een erg leuk bezoek aan jou en je zus.

met vriendelijke groet,

Frits de Wolff

At 3:49pm on January 29, 2010, Jens Mügge said…
Hello Mark,

your CD Parafonia is listed now and played since yesterday at – Wolfhard selected the piece »Dulcet Ingratitude Oblique«

Stay tuned,

At 9:24am on November 19, 2009, Harold Grandstaff Moses said…
Thanks for the welcome. I am a believer in the healing power of Harmony. For the past 15 years I have experimented with engineering harmonic overtones in order to alter consciousness and effect healing. I invite you to sample these “Harmonics for Health” – I experience this music as a ‘theo-active’ adventure.

Enjoy these Free Downloads:

Main Portal:

“You are a harmonically unique vibrational signature of the Divine – a chord in the cosmic Harmony.”

At 11:51pm on August 20, 2009, Rowenna said…
Dear Marc, with the dates I ment a facture or the banking adress how to transfer the payment for the CD. I am looking forward listening your musik and wish you a good time and lots of inspiration,
with kind regards

At 2:14pm on August 20, 2009, Rowenna said…
Nice to have you as a friend. Would be interested in your CD. Could you send it to me with the dates for the exchange of money. My adress you find in my homepage:

At 1:37am on May 20, 2009, Jens Mügge said…
Hi Mark, your book Overtone Singing Physics and Metaphysics of Harmonics in East and West is currently unavailable on – Can I order it via The Tuva Trader only?
With kind regards,
Jens Mügge

At 9:42am on April 16, 2009, Tran Quang Hai said…
Dear Mark,
Congratulations for your CD . Hope to meet you next summer. I’ll go to South Africa to participate in the ICTM world conference (I am an executive board member, an obligation !) from 28 june till 11 july 2009
Love to you and your family
Tran Quang Hai

At 8:38am on April 16, 2009, Tran Quang Hai said…
Hi Mark,
How are you ? Where are you now ?
I am a retired man now . To morrow , I ‘ll give a workshop of overtone singing in Berlin until Sunday. Then Bach Yen and I shall go to Canada for 2 weeks to give concerts and lectures at Ottawa University from 27 april till 11 may.
How are all members of your family ?
Tran Quang Hai

At 6:33pm on February 27, 2009, Arjopa said…
Shagaa Bile Dear Mark!!

We wish you & your family a happy, healthy,fruit- & successful
New Year of the Earth Cow!!
May all your wishes & plans come true in thisyear of butter & cream!!

Shagaa Bile!!

Khoomei Throatsinging Country Punk Greetings from Berlin!!

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At 6:29pm on February 12, 2009, Arjopa said…
Dear Mark!!
Thanx a lot for your friendship,here!!
Haven´t seen us for a while – last time at our concert,
Obertonfest, Berlin 2002!!
We still like your work/music!!

Hope you like our Khoomei Throatsinging Country Punk,too!!

Greetings from Berlin!!

Arjopa & The Master U-like

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Mark van Tongeren : Sound artist

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March 13th, 2013 (13h45)
Mark van Tongeren’s PhD Defense
Leiden University

Mark van Tongeren defended his thesis Grenzen van het hoorbare; over de meerstemmigheid van het lichaam.
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March 10 & 12, 2013 (18h30)
Mark van Tongeren’s doctoral concert part 1
Incognito Ergo Sum

Mark van Tongeren presented the outcomes of his doctoral research during this concert.
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March 11, 2013 (13h30-16h30)
Mark van Tongeren’s doctoral concert part 2
0…: een boventoonzangmarathon voor twee zangers

Mark van Tongeren demonstrated his findings of his doctoral research project during a 3-hour singing marathon.
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RESONANCE / Mark Van Tongeren’s workshop in Ubud Bali (Indonesia) in 2019 (24th February – 2nd March)

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There are several exciting events on my calendar for the coming months. A very special one for me is a 7-day retreat in Bali: the first RESONANCE course taught in English. My family and I spent time in Bali earlier this year and were deeply impressed by its nature, people, food and culture. It is such an ideal ‘getaway’ to immerse yourself in something new, that the wonderful ladies of Soundtherapy and I took the step of organising my retreat there. And now it is coming up! Bali has much to offer outside the workshop too, and for those who are short of time, we will spend one day exploring the waterfalls and rainforest – singing, of course.

RESONANCE is the name I use for more intensive courses and retreats, where we spend more time together to immerse ourselves in new worlds of sound. Learning to sing overtones is one of the primary goals of RESONANCE. I consider overtone singing as a wonderful tool for better listening and better singing, and of course it can also be an end in itself. To hear your own overtones and then to learn to conjure them up in your own voice at will is truly a new way of making sound.

All the details are here:…

Day 1 (24 Feb)
pm                  Check-in at Dragonfly Village
1900               Welcome Dinner
2000-2130     Briefing & Evening Session

Day 2 – 6 (Day 4 Excursion* until 1800)
0730-0815     Meditation / Voice Yoga (optional)
0900               Breakfast
1000-1300     Sound Journey 1
1300-1600     Lunch / Private Time
1600-1800     Sound Journey 2
1800-1930     Dinner / Private Time
1930-2100     Sound Journey 3

Day 7 (2 Mar)
0800-0900     Final Sound Journey
0900               Breakfast
1000-1100     Q&A
1100-1200     Check-Out


early bird discount until November 30


Time and again it is clear that students not only listen to the sound of their voice in a totally new way, but that other perceptions, sensations and feelings start to shift as well. Why? Well, one reason is that you break through habitual patterns of using sound. Sound or auditory sensations obviously make up a large part of your daily interactions. Breaking through your habitual listening patterns to a much more subtle level reinforces a sense of refinement, an ‘ear’ for detail that reaches beyond your ears lone.

When you are deeply aware of your breath and your body, and then cautiously but self-assuringly send out tones that bounce back to your ears like crystals, with so many shades, colours and even other tones, then that is a magnificent experience. In the beginning, you don’t know really how you are doing it, but with practise and guidance, you can come back to creating these crystal-like sounds again. At this point things start to shift: maybe the sound ‘takes over’ and guides you somewhere; maybe you lose your sense of self, of being ‘the doer’, and you become the non-doer, an observer; or even something else, more detached from your normal doings. In another variety of this experience, your voice merges with others in a group-chant and you have no idea really who is making which sounds: your voice joins in to produce a magnificent cloud of dancing, bouncing sound waves from low to high.

Read reading below or READ HERE with pix and more info:

For most people these sound-effects are more than just sound-effects. They start to perceive changes in space and time: two dimensions at the root of our being and of our orientation in the world. This is what I mean when I wrote that ‘other perceptions, sensations and feelings start to shift.’ When time and space begin to shift, questions rise up at the core of our existence. Space includes our body and our environment. The boundaries between these two (the inner and the outer world) may begin to crumble or become unclear. Where does that otherworldly sound really come from? Does it come ‘from me’, from ‘inside me’? It seems to have no fixed place anymore. How is that possible? You struggle to comprehend what you are doing, to relate that which you are doing with your mouth to that which is perceived by your ears.

Learning to sing overtones means you are breaking down the automatic loop where your ears confirm that they are hearing what you are saying or singing. You are no longer sure how the organs of the voice and the ears line up. In a way, we could say you are taking up a third position, being neither just the producer of the sound nor the perceiver. You are moving in-between, in a flexible sort of ‘space-time’ where the old rules of your voice and your ears no longer apply. In my book Overtone Singing I described it as a ‘theory of musical relativity.’ Just as Newton’s physics were absorbed into a bigger, more complete and more complex theory once Einstein formulated his new ideas, so our familiar musical structures (in particular those of pitch and harmony) are absorbed in a new, wider dimension of sounds.

The exciting part is, that this is not just theory: you are at the center of this as you explore the new possibilities of your voice. What you hear begins to change and often keeps on changing as you continue to practise. These new possibilities are a big challenge for non-singers and professional singers alike, for active musicians and for amateurs. There are plenty of counterintuitive practices to learn, there is a whole new set of ideas. That’s definitely exciting and also definitely intensive: time- and energy-absorbing. That is why RESONANCE looks further than just overtones.

If we were to focus only on overtones, you would have to exchange one musical universe (the ordinary one you know well) for a completely new one (the harmonic one). You would get exhausted and overwhelmed. And it would be wrong, because the more interesting and in fact also easier way is to connect with the many sides of your musical being already present. You are no doubt an avid listener who enjoys listening to different kinds of music, you have opinions about certain singers and players you love or hate. You also speak, talk, and maybe sometimes yell or scream, or moan and sigh.

RESONANCE aims not only to bring out that special, utterly unusual voice – your overtones. It lets you re-connect to your pre-existing sonic essence, to your everyday voice. It teaches you how to listen in surprising ways, to perveive your sonic self more completely. The workshop introduces you to a host of other sounds, body practices, mental and contemplative exercises, and useful background information presented in a non-technical way. You explore what resonates in you, and what resonates with others in the group. Sometimes our work takes on the shape of a theatrical workout or performance, sometimes that of a ritual. I am looking forward to see how the environment of Ubud, an incredibly rich place in terms of Hindu culture and performance traditions will effect our creative process.

For who is it?

You don’t have to be musically trained to learn. In my classes I have had absolute beginners in the field of music who would quickly pick up things, and expert musicians who were able to change their habits only with difficulty – and vice versa of course. The good thing is, in RESONANCE we really shake things up, start anew, we radically break down old patterns, and together build up something new. In that sense we all start at the same level, because even trained singers are usually surprised by the things I let them experience with their voices.

At times this workshop will be very structured, precise, with clear guidance and goals. At other moments it is completely unpredictable what comes out. We follow the group’s dynamic, its own sound history, its own resonance. What you need to bring to this workshop is a willingness to try out new things with your voice and a good deal of curiosity to learn about sound and what it can do for you.

The lovely team of Soundtherapy Hong Kong have helped to organise this first long retreat. Thanks Jennifer and Jasmine!

All the details are here:…

For questions you can always contact them or me.

And remember to book this month to receive your early-bird discount! (up to November 30).

The Great Realm Part I (Tuvan Khoomej)

The Great Realm Part I (Tuvan Khoomej)

Published on Jul 8, 2015

Provided to YouTube by CDBaby The Great Realm Part I (Tuvan Khoomej) · Mark van Tongeren Paraphony. Extended Harmonic Techniques ℗ 2009 Mark van Tongeren Released on: 2009-10-11 Auto-generated by YouTube.