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Sunday, 2 October 2005

David Hykes on WNYC - overtone singing

WNYC - Soundcheck: Harmonic Universe (March 31, 2005)

Some weeks ago, someone posted a comment on this blog, in response to my comments about the overtone singing of Okna Tsahan Zam. The link above was posted by that person. It points to a US radio website with a link to a radio broadcast that you can hear with an interview with David Hykes who uses overtone singing. To quote from the site:

"Composer and educator David Hykes David and his ensemble The Harmonic Choir are celebrating their 30th year of creating enlightenment-dedicated music. Hykes has mastered overtone singing known as Harmonic Chant, the skill developed by Tibetan monk and Mongolian nomads that allows them to sing low and high notes simultaneously. Hykes and his Harmonic Choir explore the normally untapped resonances of the human voice."

It's worth a listen - the sound is more like the Hilliard Ensemble than throat singing to my ears. But I really like the ambience it creates. David Hykes actually demonstrates overtone singing to the interviewer which is fascinating to hear. David has his own website here.

1 comment:

david said...

Hello Stuart, for some reason this ancient post of yours just came up. Perhaps synchronicity is to blame/credit; I was recently a guest again on John Schaefer's "New Sounds" program with regard to a Harmonic Chant concert I had in New York and teachings I gave on the Harmonic Presence work at The Breathing Project. There is a new recording available from our www,harmonicpresence.org website of John's interview with me. Harmonics are universal to musical sound and inform all octaves of musical expression, not just the upper overtone octaves. Our Harmonic Presence Foundation shows new pathways linking Mind, Music, Meditation and Medicine.

All best wishes,

David Hykes
www.harmonicpresence.org