Anyone Can Learn To Sing Two Notes At Once
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The Turko-Mongol people of Southern Siberia and Western Mongolia are well known for their many styles of "throat singing," a style in which a singer produces more than one note at a time. They're not the only culture to practice a form of polyphonic overtone singing, as it's also called, and that's for good reason: there's nothing unique to their genetics that gives them this impressive ability; just special techniques and a whole lot of practice.
Male Mice Sing Songs To Woo Their Mates
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It might surprise you to know that mice are prolific singers. Most of us have never heard their tunes because they sing in the ultrasonic -- beyond the range of human hearing. But when researchers use special microphones and software to lower the pitch, they can clearly make out mice melodies. That's when the real research begins. It turns out that male mice sing different tunes depending on whether or not a female is nearby. If they catch the scent of a lady mouse, their song is loud and complex -- a mating call, perhaps. Once a female is near, the male's singing gets softer and simpler as he begins his courtship. The researchers also played recordings of male mouse songs for female mice to determine how well these vocal stylings went over with them, and sure enough, most female mice preferred the complex songs to the simple ones. The next step is to uncover the role that genes and brain circuitry play in mice modifying their songs, since that has the potential to help scientists learn more about the communication issues that arise in autism spectrum disorders.
This Man Can Sing The Lowest Notes In The World
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The man who holds the world record for lowest note can sing a note that only elephants can hear. The name of the record holder is Tim Storms. His voice is so deep, the lowest note he can hit is eight octaves lower than the lowest note on the piano. According to Storms, an ear, nose, and throat doctor observed that his vocal chords were about twice as long as normal, giving him this incredible ability. His lowest note is as low as G-7 (0.189Hz). But that's not his only record: Storms is also the world record holder for largest vocal range.
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Tim Storms holds the world record for deepest voice. 0:01
The man with the deepest voice in the world can hit notes lower than the human ear can hear. 0:10
Tim Storms can sing notes eight octaves below the lowest note on the piano. 0:25