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View into an Overtone Singer (Wolfgang SAUS)


View into an Overtone Singer(Wolfgang SAUS)

Published on May 19, 2016

“Freude schöner Götterfunken” (Ode to Joy) in overtone singing style by Wolfgang Saus.

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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.

It’s not easy to record (and sing) sound in the very noisy environment of a MRT (MRI). The team in Freiburg developed highly specialized equipment for recording and filtering. Nevertheless, the sound is of course not HiFi.

MRT 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

Tran Quang Hai sings The Ode to Joy with overtones in one breath , VĂN MIẾU, HANOI, VIETNAM


Trần Quang Hải sings the Ode to Joy with overtones in one breath at Văn Miếu Temple in Hà Nội, Việt Nam

Trần Quang Hải hát bài “Ca Khúc Niềm Vui” trích đoạn của Giao Hưởng số 9 của Beethoven bằng kỹ thuật hát đồng song thanh tại Văn Miếu , Hà Nội, ngày 5 tháng 4, 2011

TRAN QUANG HAI sang THE ODE TO JOY with OVERTONES, Palo Duro Canyon, Amarillo, Texas, USA


Mise en ligne le 2 nov. 2010
Tran Quang Hai sang The Ode to Joy with overtones in one breath at Palo Duro Canyon, Amarillo, Texas, USA, October 14th 2010

Filmed by BACH YEN