Chants Mongols Et Bouriates

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Can’t listen at work, but I suspect this is some form of Khoomei (from the description, maybe Sygyt?). If you want to see a cool movie on central asian music, check out Genghis Blues

  2. autark says:

    The instrument on the cover of that album is the Morin Khuur (roughly: horse head fiddle/cello). In prep for this summer’s Mongol Rally we’ve befriended several members of the local Seattle Mongolian community and been to several performances. Last fall we witnessed an awesome (and unfortunately, maybe the last) performance of the Khoomei-Taiko Ensemble. They combined Mongolian (Khoomei = throat singing, and Morin Khuur) with Japanese (Taiko drumming and koto) musical styles in a unique and improvisational way.

    Two of the artists were Japanese Americans, so you might be able to catch them in LA or NYC, but the rest were from Japan or Mongolia.

    Music, links, etc: http://rally.roamgreen.org/2009/10/26/khoomei-taiko-project/

  3. Krutus says:

    Wonderful. Thanks for this

  4. Anonymous says:

    I think in this context you should also have mentioned throat singing, which just blows your mind.
    An example can be found at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0M3YFK3sJ54
    The following video offers some background, the throatsinging is around 4:30
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wHbIWH_NGc
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wHbIWH_NGc#t=4m30s

  5. avraamov says:

    some of the the most remarkable music i’ve ever heard has been on these ethnographic labels from the 60′s and 70′s – especially ocora, phillips unesco and barenreiter musicaphon. the ocora ‘musique du burundi’ lp has some extended vocal techniques that sound like tape manipulation – just mind bending:

    http://differentwaters.blogspot.com/2008/11/ocora-africa-part-1.html

  6. dr.hypercube says:

    Fantastic in every way – right down to the morin khuur on the cover. Permit me to recommend The Story of the Weeping Camel to anyone who is interested in music and life in Mongolia.

  7. gwynsen says:

    amazing and wonderful, thank you for posting this

  8. OrinZ says:

    Strange but true: the most famous practitioner of central-Asian-style throat singing? Popeye.

  9. tmtx says:

    I recommend over tone chant in general. Chants especially from the Ukraine, and the Russian orthodox church are good for this. Ensemble Organum has released several CDs of classical Russian orthodox and early chant and they’re excellent for induction of altered states. I also second the recommendation for Bhuddist chants, the overtones in the mantra chants are excellent as well. As for steppe music yes, again, overtone chants in general are good for altered states.

  10. FormerComposer says:

    For further wonderousness, try Tibetan Buddhist chants or Karlheinz Stockhausens’ Stimmung.

  11. Cory Doctorow says:

    Poesy came over to hear “Nostalgic Love Song” and thumped my laptop and said, “A doggy!” then “A cow!” then “A cat!”

    Talk about disorienting the senses!

  12. technogeek says:

    Plastic nose-flutes are available for pocket change, and do work. The basic concept: Think of blowing across a bottle, except that you blow with your nose and the bottle is your mouth. Varying the mouth resonance changes the pitch. Very natural once you get used to it; you already control that resonance when you sing.

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