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About haidiphonie

Ethnomusicologist, composer and traditional musician from Vietnam Expert on overtone singing since 1969 Music researcher working at the Music Department, Musée de l'Homme, Paris, France

Rosary Sonata 1


Rosary Sonata 1

Published on Aug 19, 2014

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Rosary Sonata 1

The European Resonance Ensemble

Anna-Maria Hefele, overtone singing
Eva-Maria Rusche, harpsichord
Anna-Liisa Eller, kannel
Wolf Janscha, jew´s harp
Marco Ambrosini, nyckelharpa, jew´s harp

Video © 2014 by Thomas Radlwimmer /

CASSANDRA SHEPPARD : Singing Together Brings Heartbeats Into Harmony


The Neuroscience of Singing

By Cassandra Sheppard on Sunday December 11th, 2016

Singing Together Brings Heartbeats Into Harmony

The neuroscience of singing shows that when we sing our neurotransmitters connect in new and different ways. It fires up the right temporal lobe of our brain, releasing endorphins that make us smarter, healthier, happier and more creative. When we sing with other people this effect is amplified.

The science is in. Singing is really, really good for you and the most recent research suggests that group singing is the most exhilarating and transformative of all.

The good feelings we get from singing in a group are a kind of evolutionary reward for coming together cooperatively.

The research suggests that creating music together evolved as a tool of social living. Groups and tribes sang and danced together to build loyalty, transmit vital information and ward off enemies.

Alt text hereSinging in a group has been a part of tribal traditions for thousands of years.

Science Supports Singing

What has not been understood until recently is that singing in groups triggers the communal release of serotonin and oxytocin, the bonding hormone, and even synchronises our heart beats.

Group singing literally incentivised community over an “each cave dweller for themselves” approach. Those who sang together were strongly bonded and survived.

In her book Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness Singing with Others, Stacy Horn calls singing:

An infusion of the perfect tranquiliser – the kind that both soothes your nerves and elevates your spirit.

Alt text hereGroup singing not only brings happiness but deeply connects people.

Singing Makes You Happy

For a decade, science has been hard at work trying to explain why singing has such a calming yet energising effect on people. Numerous studies demonstrate that singing releases endorphins and oxytocin – which in turn relieve anxiety and stress and which are linked to feelings of trust and bonding.

Singing helps people with depression and reduces feelings of loneliness, leaving people feeling relaxed, happy and connected. What’s more, the benefits of singing regularly are cumulative. People who sing have reduced levels of cortisol, indicating lower stress.

UK singer, singing teacher and choir leader Sophia Efthimiou describes singing as a process of consciously controlling our breath and larynx to create and sustain certain pitches and we blend that with rhythm and poetry to create songs.

In a group setting, each group member feels the musical vibrations moving through their body simultaneously. Our heart beats become synchronised. Sophia explains:

We literally form one unified heart beat.

Alt text hereSinging together synchronises heartbeats so that they beat as one.

Anybody Can Sing

One of the great things about singing is that you can receive the wellbeing benefits even if you aren’t any good. One study showed that:

Group singing can produce satisfying and therapeutic sensations even when the sound produced by the vocal instrument is of mediocre quality.

Tania de Jong, singer and founder of Creativity Australia, has effectively harnessed this ability of group singing to lift every member of the group up, no matter their singing ability.

The organisation’s project With One Voice puts a diversity of people together regularly to sing. The group euphoria is harnessed allowing people’s natural creativity, triggered by the group singing session, to generate new levels of community support, connection and opportunities. Tania says:

One of the great things about singing is that is connects you to the right side of your brain. This is the side responsible for intuition, imagination and all our creative functions. It connects us to a world of possibilities. In modern life we are constantly bombarded with so much information that we process and analyse. We tend to get stuck in the left, processing side of our brain. So it becomes fundamentally important to nurture the attributes of human beings that set us apart from machines. The best way to do that is singing.

Alt text hereIf you have a voice then nothing can stop you from singing your heart out.

Sing Anywhere, Anytime

These benefits are free and accessible to all. We all have a voice. We can all sing, even if we don’t think we can.

There was a time when we all used to sing. We sang at church, around camp fires, at school. While group singing is experiencing a resurgence, not so many of us sing anymore. At some stage, someone told us to be quiet or judged our imperfect singing voice. Sophia Efthimiou suggests that singing is very personal, an expression of sound coming from within us, so we cannot help but take this criticism very personally and it sticks.

Yet, people who claim they cannot sing because they are tone deaf are more likely to be very unfamiliar with finding and using their singing voice.

Tone deafness is comparatively rare and means that you would be unable to recognise a song. If you can recognise a song you are not tone deaf, you are just unpractised. Sophia clarifies:

When our voice makes the wrong note we can feel terrible as though it is a reflection of our self worth. But – if you can talk, you can sing.

Alt text hereEverybody can sing so let the songs flow out wherever you are.

Raise Your Voice

US opera singer Katie Kat wishes to encourage all of us to sing far more often regardless of our perceived skill.

Singing increases self-awareness, self-confidence and our ability to communicate with others. It decreases stress, comforts us and helps us to forge our identity and influence our world.

When you sing, musical vibration moves through you, altering your physical and emotional state. Singing is as old as the hills. It is innate, ancient and within all of us. It really is one of the most uplifting therapeutic things we can do. Katie continues:

However, society has skewed views on the value of singing. Singing has become something reserved for elite talent or highly produced stars with producers, management, concert dates – leaving the rest of us with destructive criticism of our own voices.

She claims that singing is instinctual and necessary to our existence. You do not have to be an amazing singer to benefit from the basic biological benefits and with practice the benefits increase.

Alt text hereSinging in a group brings joy to people of every age.

Singing Creates Connection

I have fond memories of hearing my grandmother singing throughout the day and of large group singing sessions with her friends.

One of my favourite memories of group singing is the old Scots tradition on New Year’s Eve of singing Auld Lang Syne. My grandmother and all her friends would stand in a big circle just before midnight.

Everyone would hold hands, and then at the beginning of the final verse we would cross our arms across our bodies so that our left hand was holding the hand of the person on our right, and the right hand holds that of the person on the left. When the song ended, everyone would rush to the middle, still holding hands. It was beautiful fun and as a young girl I felt so safe, included and loved within that singing circle.

The phrase “auld lang syne” roughly translates as “for old times’ sake”, and the song is all about preserving old friendships and looking back over the events of the year.

A tradition worth resurrecting, considering the benefits of singing in a group.

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Words By Cassandra Sheppard

By this river (Brian Eno) – Anna-Maria Hefele


By this river (Brian Eno) – Anna-Maria Hefele

Published on Feb 11, 2017

MRI recordings made by Prof. Dr. med. Bernhard Richter & Dr.-Ing. Michael Burdumy: ⇊⇊⇊⇊⇊ more info: ⇊⇊⇊⇊⇊
Anna-Maria Hefele: harp, voice, overtone singing |
Thomas Radlwimmer: video |

music: shortened version of “By this river” by Brian Eno, adapted by Anna-Maria Hefele

What you see in this dynamic MRI-recording is the tongue movement in the vocal tract while doing overtone singing. The positions of the tongue form 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”

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“Voyage en Diphonie” – appel à participation au financement participatif (Bande annonce )


“Voyage en Diphonie” – appel à participation au financement participatif (Bande annonce )

Ajoutée le 12 janv. 2017

De janvier à mars 2017; aidez-vous à financer le film

“Аа-шуу декей-оо” и Гимн Республики / “Aa-shuu dekey-oo” and the anthem of the Republic of Tyva


“Аа-шуу декей-оо” и Гимн Республики Тыва/“Aa-shuu dekey-oo” and the anthem of the Republic of Tyva

Ajoutée le 9 déc. 2014

Финал концерта Тувинского национального оркестра (ТНО)
Аа-шуу декей-оо и Гимн Республики Тыва

TheTuvanNationalOrchestra (TNO)

Dear friends!
Welcome to the world of Tuvan music and throat singing on the YouTube channel of the Tuvan national orchestra!
On our channel you can watch Studio and live performances of the orchestra, as well as videos of soloists, ensembles and individual sections of the orchestra. We’ll also include master classes of people’s throat singers of Tuva and presentations of Tuvan traditional instruments.

If you want to touch the mysteries of ancient Tuva,
if you want to hear the call of the ancestors in your heart,
if you want to see the world full of colors
you’ll find it all on the channel of the Tuvan national orchestra! Subscribe to our channel!

Уважаемые друзья!
Добро пожаловать в мир тувинской музыки и горлового пения на YouTube-канале Тувинского национального оркестра!
На нашем канале вы можете посмотреть студийные и концертные выступления оркестра, а также видеозаписи солистов, ансамблей и отдельных групп оркестра. В том числе, вашему вниманию будут представлены мастер-классы народных хоомейжи РТ и презентации тувинских традиционных инструментов.

Если хотите прикоснуться к тайнам древней Тувы,
если хотите услышать в сердце зов далеких предков,
если хотите увидеть мир полный красок-
то всё это вы найдете на канале Тувинского национального оркестра!
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Концерт ансамбля “Тыва”. Красноярск. 19 февраля 2013.


The concert of ensemble “Tuva”. Krasnoyarsk. February 19, 2013.

Концерт ансамбля “Тыва”. Красноярск. 19 февраля 2013.

Ajoutée le 14 mars 2013

Концерт ансамбля “Тыва” г. Кызыл в Красноярске. 19 февраля 2013 год.
Студия “Город”.
Звук: Игорь Гавришин
Камера: Павел Стабров, Танечка Вишневская, Евгений Елбашев
Монтаж: Анжела Берестова




Ajoutée le 21 févr. 2016

Krakow, 9th july 2015


Massimo Roych: voche, trunfa, flute pipiolu
Mario Siotto: bassu
Gian Nicola Appeddu: contra
Piero Pala: mesuvoche
Tonino Carta: voche
Tsogtgerel Tserendavaa: chant khoomij, flute tsuur, viella morin-khuur
Garzoring Nergui: chant khoomij, liuto tovshuur, viella morin-khuur



Tran Quang Hai è un talentuoso e rinomato musicista vietnamita, nato nel 1944, proviene da una famiglia di cinque generazioni di musicisti.

Dopo il conseguimento del diploma, presso il conservatorio di Saigon, si è trasferito in Francia dove ha condotto i suoi studi di teoria e pratica della musica orientale con suo padre, Prof. Tran Van Khe al centro di musica orientale di Parigi.


Polistrumentista, compositore, autore di saggi, documentari e dischi, suona più di 15 strumenti provenienti dalle più svariate parti del mondo (Vietnam, China, India, Iran, Indonesia ed Europa).

Dal 1966 fino ad oggi ha tenuto più di 2500 concerti in circa 50 paesi ed ha preso parte a numerosi Festival internazionali di musica etnica partecipando a trasmissioni radio e televisive di tutto il mondo.

Oltre alla composizione di numerose musiche tradizionali vanta, altrettante, considerevoli esperienze in vari generi musicali che vanno dalla musica contemporanea, elettro-acustica a quella per film.

Dal 1968 fa parte del gruppo di ricerca del National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) ed è oggi stato assegnato al dipartimento di etnomusicologia presso il Musée de l’Homme di Parigi.

La sua attività di ricercatore lo ha portato negli anni ’70 a conoscere e fare propria la tecnica del Khoomeilakh, tipica del canto armonico praticato a Tuva e in Mongolia.

Anche nella musica occidentale contemporanea il canto armonico ha avuto la sua influenza: basti pensare all’Harmonic Choir di David Hykes o all’utilizzo fatto da Demetrio Stratos per creare un’interessante relazione tra voce e subconscio.

Tran Quang Hai ha ricevuto numerose medaglie ed onorificenze dalle più importanti accademie e fondazioni del mondo e nel 1995 fu nominato presidente di giuria del Festival di canto armonico stile Khoomei a Tuva. Un’importante e brillante carriera che lo ha portato ad essere considerato il maggiore esperto di canto armonico nel mondo.

Il filmato “Le chant des armoniques” è stato realizzato da Tran Quang Hai con Hugo Zemp.

Il canto armonico è una tecnica vocale alquanto impegnativa che comporta la produzione simultanea di due suoni (canto bi-difonico).

L’esecutore, infatti, emette un suono grave o fondamentale ricco di armonici, tende i muscoli, gonfia le guance e, variando la pressione dell’aria attraverso le corde vocali, il volume del cavo orale e la posizione della lingua, riesce ad ottenere suoni diversi creando una vera e propria melodia su di un bordone.

In questo filmato si vedono appunto delle dimostrazioni di cinque differenti tipi di canto armonico, difatti il canto armonico è praticato da numerosi gruppi etnici oltre che in Mongolia anche in Rajastan, Taiwan, Sud Africa e Tibet ( presso i monaci); uno tra i più famosi gruppi Huun Huur Tu durante i loro spettacoli mostrano le tecniche sopra citate.

Molto apprezzabile anche una sessione dello stesso gruppo con il chitarrista Gilbert Pounia, a dimostrazione di come tecniche e stili lontani possano unirsi in un ensamble prezioso.

Tornando al filmato, Tran Quang Hai, inizia dando dimostrazione di 5 tipi di canto differente, compreso il “Bel Canto” in cui oltre a spiegare i vari stili, da una breve spiegazione su quale approccio utilizzare per queste tecniche ed eseguire i primi armonici; si trovano anche altre utili informazioni anche sull’utilizzo dell’analizzatore di spettro per controllare i propri esercizi.

Un video che non deve mancare ad un appassionato di canto armonico. Disponibile in Francese con sottotitoli in Inglese.


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