Beethoven “Ode to Joy” with Overtone Singing (MRI) by Wolfgang Saus – see what happens inside the mouth,

Beethoven “Ode to Joy” with Overtone Singing (MRI) – see what happens inside the mouth

Ajoutée le 19 mai 2016

The famous Ode to Joy (Freude schöner Götterfunken) in occidental throat singing style (western overtone singing) by Wolfgang Saus, What you see in this amazing dynamic MRI (MRT) is the tongue movement building up double resonances along the melody line of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy”. Overtone singing is based on bringing together the second and third resonance frequency of the vocal trakt (also referred to as “formants”) on one frequency to enhance the loudness of a single overtone in the vocal sound spectrum. The second formant is controlled by the root of the tongue together with the epiglottis. The third formant is ruled by the space under the tongue, which is bigger than it seems in the video. Overtone singing is a constantly fine adjustment of the two resonance cavities. You hear the original sound recorded in the extremely noisy environment of the MRI scanner. Recording sound with MRI is tricky. The team in Freiburg developed highly specialized equipment for recording and filtering. Nevertheless, the sound is of course not HiFi. MRI footage with kind permission and many thanks to: University Medical Center Freiburg Medical Physics Dept. of Radiology & Institut for Musicians’ Medicine Prof. Dr. Bernhard Richter Prof. Dr. Dr. Jürgen Hennig Prof. Dr. Matthias Echternach 2015

Sehnsucht nach dem Frühlinge (Mozart) – Anna-Maria Hefele

Sehnsucht nach dem Frühlinge (Mozart) – Anna-Maria Hefele

Ajoutée le 27 avr. 2017

MRT- Aufnahmen: Prof. Dr. med. Bernhard Richter & Dr.-Ing. Michael Burdumy Anna-Maria Hefele: Gesang, Obertongesang, Harfe | Thomas Radlwimmer: Video | Musik: “Sehnsucht nach dem Frühlinge” von Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart What you see in this dynamic MRI-recording is the tongue movement in the vocal tract while doing overtone singing and normal singing. The positions of the tongue forms the resoncance cavities which delete all not-wanted overtones in the sound of the voice at a certain point in time, and then amplify a single overtone that is left, which can be heard as a seperate note above the fundamental. The MRI recordings were made by Prof. Dr. Bernhard Richter, Prof. Dr. Matthias Echternach and Dr.- Ing. Michael Burdumy in the University Medical Center Freiburg, Institute for Musician’s Medicine. – thank you so much for the kind permission to use the MRI-footage in order to share this fascinating singing-insight with the world! The team of doctors in Freiburg developed a highly specialized equipment for recording and and also filtering sound in the MRI-machine. This recording is made while using a pre-produced playback on headphones in the really loud MRI-machine while lying on the back. A lot of more of very interesting MRI- and endoscopy- recordings of various singers and vocalists (classical singers, overtone singers, yodellers, beatboxers….) will be published on a DVD about end of April 2017 @ Helbling. TITLE: “Die Stimme: Einblicke in die physiologischen Vorgänge biem Singen und Sprechen” ENGLISH: “The Voice: Physiological Insights in Singing and Speaking” If you want to get INFORMED ABOUT THE RELEASE of this extraordinary DVD please SIGN UP to this mailing list: in order to keep UPDATED about my activities please like my FB-page: and sign up for my NEWSLETTER here: This video is under copyright. Please feel free to repost and embedd the video while using its original YouTube-Link: No download & re-uploading on other websites, social networks or channels. If you want to get a license for the video or parts of it please contact me (via….) AND the copyright owners of the MRI-footage at the Institute for Musicians Medicine Freiburg ( Thanks for showing respect to the creative artist of your choice!!!

Singing in the MRI with Tyley Ross Making the Voice Visible

Singing in the MRI with Tyley Ross Making the Voice Visible

Ajoutée le 23 avr. 2019

Tyley Ross is a Grammy nominated recording artist, the co-founder of the Universal Records recording act The East Village Opera Company, and a Dora Award winning musical theater actor. He is based in New York City.

15 minutes of dynamic MRI voice videos – including rapping, beat boxing, singing

15 minutes of dynamic MRI voice videos – including rapping, beat boxing, singing

Ajoutée le 12 juil. 2017

This is the demonstration of dynamic MRI videos that used at @whatsinavoice17 at the Summer Science Exhibition 2017. Includes: Reeps One, April Fredrick, Thermoflynamics, Prof Elemental, Jess Ramsey, Catharine Woodward, Ellie Yuan, Duncan Wisbey, Hector Scott-Manly, Jonny Berliner, Howard Read and Lesley Garrett.

Trailer “The Voice” (DVD) – Insights into the Physiology of Singing an Speaking

Trailer “The Voice” (DVD) – Insights into the Physiology of Singing an Speaking

Ajoutée le 28 juin 2017

Authors: Bernhard Richter, Matthias Echternach, Louisa Traser, Michael Burdumy, Claudia Spahn 160 min., DVD-ROM for PC/Mac Languages: German/English You can purchase this DVD here:… Informations about the DVD: Which singer would not like to see exactly what is happening in his or her body while singing? Instrumentalists, such as string players, pianists or guitarists, can observe their sound generation at any particular point in time. However, this is not readily possible for singers, since the crucial movements of the larynx and the diaphragm, as well as the tongue and the velum (soft palate), are hidden inside the body and not visible from outside. In an innovative Video-DVD-ROM the Freiburg Institute of Institute of Musicians’ Medicine has utilized modern, high-end visualization procedures from the field of medicine to gain insights into the processes in the human body during singing and speaking. First of all, the anatomical structures are precisely explained in the films so that even medical non-experts can identify and understand the functional interactions taking place. The processes made visible in the films are explained in spoken commentaries. The approx. 100 film clips incorporate active recordings of the lungs and the diaphragm, the larynx and the vocal tract during various song styles (classical/pop/yodeling/overtone singing) and in different vocal ranges (soprano, alto, tenor, bass), as well as during speaking (laughing/crying). These films provide unique insights into the physiology of the creation and forming of sounds, as well as the breathing support process. These materials can help the learner better understand and improve his or her singing abilities. This is the case for ambitious laypersons as well as for professionals artistically active in various genres. In addition, they enable the singing instructor to more clearly and concisely illustrate these complex processes to students. This DVD-ROM will be a great benefit for all singers!


The Vocal Tract – Vocal Resonance.

The Vocal Tract – Vocal Resonance.

Ajoutée le 22 mai 2018

Johan Sundberg – “Vocal Tract resonance in singing”. 1987.… Manuel Garcia – “Hints on Singing”,1894. pgs 12-13. Douglas Stanley – “Your Voice” “Applied science and vocal art. Singing and speaking” . 1945. pg 61 William Vennard – “Singing the mechanism and the technic” 1967. pg 82, paragraph 297.