Throat-Singers Can Sing Two Notes At Once

Throat-singing, also called overtone singing, has been practiced by several cultures throughout history. Tuvan throat singing, originating from a region of Russia near Mongolia, is perhaps the best known version, and incorporates circular breathing so that singers can hold notes for an impressively long time. Inuit women also practiced throat-singing in groups, and the tradition is currently being revived.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. Our speaking voices don't have one fundamental tone. 00:00

  2. The technique of two cavities splits the mouth cavity into two parts using the tongue. 02:02

  3. Hear an example of Tuvan throat-singing: 02:28

Written by Curiosity Staff December 16, 2015