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

Chandmani nutag by Batzorig Vaanchig

Chandmani nutag by Batzorig Vaanchig

48,869 views•Premiered Dec 4, 20204.9K15ShareSaveBatzorig Vaanchig 182K subscribers Batzorig Vaanchig playing and singing Chandmani Nutag. Video created by Mongolia Live during “Live Q&A and Music performance by Batzorig Vaanchig” show. Title: Chandmani nutag Lyrics by: Baasandorj.T Sound by: Amartuvshin.B.

Hunnu Guren – Batzorig Vaanchig & Auli

Hunnu Guren – Batzorig Vaanchig & Auli

4,913,279 views•Oct 4, 2018119K1.3KShareSaveAuliEtnotranss 38.9K subscribers Throat singing from Mongolia & Bagpipe and Drum music from Latvia Music: Batzorig Vaanchig Lyrics: Batzorig Vaanchig Arrangement: Kaspars Barbals, Mārtiņš Miļevskis, Edgars Krūmiņš, Gatis Valters Director: Kaspars Barbals Camera: Gatis Indrevics, Edgars Grundsteins Video editing: Kaspars Barbals, Gatis Indrevics Color correction: Gatis Indrevics Music recorded at N11 studio by Tuvshinjargal Bayaraa and Kaspars Barbals, Studija Lauska by Kaspars Barbals Special thanks to: Culture management centre Lauska Juris Zalans, Daina Zalane State Culture Capital Foundation (SCCF) DJI Latvia & Reinis Purvens Andris Stefans Lauris Volfs Mareks Motte Mārtiņš Lūsis Lyrics: Хүннү гүрэн Төв азийн элэгнээс Дэлхийн талыг эзлэхдээ Хүлэг сайн морьдын туурайнд Тэнгэр газрыг ниргүүлж Энэ орчлон замбуутивийн Түүхийн хуудсыг эргүүлж Хүннү гүрний нүүдлийн цуваа Өдөр шөнөгүй хөвөрсөөр Тэнгис далайг гаталсаар Газрын холыг туулсаар Гол мөрнийг гэтэлсээр Улс гүрнийг эзэлсээр Empire of Hunnu When conquering the world From the heart of Asia When conquering half of the World From the heart of Asia Made the sky and earth thunder Under the hooves of great horses Made the pages of history Of this world turn Nomadic caravan of Hunnu Empire Travels day and night Crosses sea and ocean Travels over far distance Crosses the rivers Conquers kingdoms and states “Senču balsis” ir bungu un dūdu mūzikas grupas Auļi jaunā koncertprogramma, sadarbībā ar māksliniekiem no dažādām pasaules valstīm. Auļi ir devušies pasaulē, lai satiktos un iepazītos ar dziedātājiem, kuri pārstāv senas un neparastas dziedāšanas tradīcijas un tehnikas. Šoreiz uzmanība pievērsta jaudīgām vīriešu balsīm, kas raksturo kādu reģionu. Skaņdarbos pazīstamu izpildītāju dziedājums no ģeogrāfiski atšķirīgām vietām ir sapludināts ar Auļu latviešu muzikālajās tradīcijās balstīto spēcīgo instrumentālo mūziku, radot iespaidīgu pasaules mūzikas programmu. Kā pirmo koncerta viesi Auļi atklāj rīkles dziedātāju no Mongolijas Batzorig Vaanchig. Lai saglabātu intrigu, pārējie 3 mākslinieki tiks atklāti pakāpeniski. “Esam iepazinuši vairākus senu dziedāšanas tradīciju pārstāvjus, noskaidrojuši kā šīs balsis sasaucās ar bungām un dūdām, kā arī kā tās skan kopā ar latviešu tautas dziesmām. Aicinām jūs auļot kopā ar mums šajā aizraujošajā un krāsainajā ceļojumā!” Auļi “Voices of the Ancestors” is a new concert programme by the drum and bagpipe group Auļi in collaboration with musicians from various countries around the world. Auļi have travelled far and wide to meet singers representing ancient and unusual singing traditions and techniques. This time the group has focused on powerful men’s voices that characterise a specific region. Performances by well-known singers from various geographical regions merge with the Auļi’s powerful instrumental music based in Latvian traditional music, creating an impressive programme of world music. Auļi’s first guest in concert is Mongolian throat singer Batzorig Vaanchig. In order to preserve the intrigue, the names of the other three musicians will be announced in due time. “We’ve become acquainted with several representatives of ancient singing traditions and discovered how these voices meld with drums and bagpipes as well as with Latvian folk songs. We invite you to come along with us on this exciting and memorable journey!” Auļi For more music from Batzorig Vaanchig please visit his official youtube channel…

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How to Easily Throat Sing (Khoomei Style)

How to Easily Throat Sing (Khoomei Style)

2,251 views•Dec 27, 20202382ShareSaveHachapuri 1.75K subscribers Hello! =) It took me some time to make another video, but here it is! 😀 I hope this video will be useful to you and if you have any questions, please ask me, I’ll try my best to give you a good answer! 😀 The first parody scene of Matrix was really tricky to shoot and I messed up the audio because of some mistake. Of course, there is so much to tell you about these singing styles but I compressed the essential steps and delivered them in one short video. The intro music was done by ElectroKaplosion, check out his channel!…​ Isgeree/Sygyt demonstration’s original video:…​ Some of the background sounds in the video were taken from a website – My clones helped me out with shooting the video and punching me in the stomach 😀 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 Thank you for watching! I wish you the very best! 😀 Batman

Mongolian traditional art of Khöömei , Inscribed in 2010 (5.COM) on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by MONGOLIA

Mongolian traditional art of Khöömei


Inscribed in 2010 (5.COM) on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Khöömei is a form of singing originating in western Mongolia, in the Altai mountains. The performer imitates sounds of nature, simultaneously emitting two distinct vocal sounds: along with a continuous drone, the singer produces a melody of harmonics. Khöömei literally means pharynx, and it is believed to have been learned from birds, whose spirits are central to shamanic practices. The multitude of Khöömei techniques in Mongolia are grouped within two main styles: the kharkhiraa (deep Khöömei) and isgeree Khöömei (whistled Khöömei). In kharkhiraa the singer sings a drone in a normal voice, while emphasizing the undertone or subharmonic one octave below. In isgeree Khöömei, it is the overtones above the fundamental note of the drone that are emphasized, creating a higher-pitched whistle. In both cases, the drone is produced with very taut vocal cords, and the melody is created by modulating the size and shape of the mouth cavity, opening and closing the lips and moving the tongue. Khöömei is performed by Mongolian nomads in a variety of social occasions, from grand state ceremonies to festive household events. Khöömei is also sung during herding, and inside the yurt to lull babies to sleep. Traditionally, Khöömei is transmitted orally from bearer to learner, or via master-to-apprentice. Download © 2009 by S.Yundenbat © 2009 by S.Yundenbat © 2009 by A. Duurenjargal © 2009 by Johanni Curtet © 2005 by Johanni Curtet © 2009 by Johanni Curtet © 2009 by Johanni Curtet © 2005 by Johanni Curtet © 2004 by Johanni Curtet © 2004 by Johanni Curtet © 2004 by Johanni Curtet

The Mongolian Live Sessions Interview- Batzorig Vaanchig (Sept 2nd event)

The Mongolian Live Sessions Interview- Batzorig Vaanchig (Sept 2nd event)

28,749 views•Sep 5, 2020 2.6K9ShareSaveBatzorig Vaanchig 114K subscribers This event was live on Facebook to fundraise for Mongolian ethnic musicians. 70% of proceeds will go to featured artist Batzorig. 30% goes towards producing new content and supporting other ethnic musicians. You can still donate to or If you are in Mongolia, you can donate to Khan Bank account 5163143016 – account holder Zoljargal Byambatsogt.