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Guest Post: Hoomi Overtone Harmonic Throat-Singing in Yurts


Today we have a guest author writing for us: HEIDI from Temecula, CA. Heidi is a yurt enthusiast and today she's writing about how throat-singers throughout history (and around the world) have used yurts to create "unparalleled acoustics in which to practice [...] musical sound therapies."

Sound interesting? We thought so too.

I am a yurt customer and the daughter of two singers. In my extensive research of yurts, I have discovered the astonishing history of yurt-dwelling Central Asian nomads and how they practice the ancient art of Hoomi overtone harmonic throat-singing.

This is a little known throat-singing technique that allows the singer to vocalize 2 to 6 SIMULTANEOUS notes within a 5 octave range. Impossible? I thought so too. However, my quest for the truth led me to find an archived 1996 Washington Post article by David Brown: Tuvan-throat Singers Perform Feats of Harmonic Acrobatics.

Authentic-style-yurtMedical doctors and a vocal scientist inserted fiber optic cameras into the throats of visiting Tuvan singers to determine how exactly their anatomy was able to create these surreal notes. The results they found proved that the singing is accomplished using more than the regular vocal chords.

Tuvan throat singing is highlighted in the July 2012 issue of the National Geographic. The small country of TUVA is still dotted with Mongolian style yurts along the countryside.

The modern version of yurts with the double insulation creates unparalleled acoustics in which to practice Hoomi singing or any number of musical sound therapies. Because of the unique sound resonance, people are eager to purchase a yurt to serve as a music recording studio or performance chamber.


Nestor Kornblum of globalsoundhealing.net offers an online example of overtone singing (see Youtube video, "Amazing Grace with Overtone chant"). What you hear is real. The amplified volume is naturally created due to the ROUND domed structure it was recorded in. Domes and yurts are are known to take sound and music to an ethereal magical level.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis ethereal magic is even demonstrated in the movie Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. Remember the beginning of the movie when Gandalf emits an otherworldly whistle to call his horse? I never realized until my research that the whistling flute like sounds can be created in real life through overtone harmonics.

Jonathan Goldman has written "Healing Sounds, The Power of Harmonics." He specifically points out that Hoomi singing creates those flute like whistle tones.

And to think all of this was invented thousands of years ago by those innovative Yurt dwellers of Asia!

Enjoy the journey!

Dana Of Rainier, the Yurt Girl

Namaste~Dana, The Yurt Girl

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