Man with the world's lowest singing voice

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  1. John Smith says:

    God, I hate that damn song.

  2. Brainspore says:

    I bet he was the only kid in his school who sounded like Barry White before puberty.

  3. Joe Buck says:

    This is ridiculous. Since we know that he cannot hold a note with an accuracy down to one one-thousandth of a Hertz, it is nonsense to report that he achieved a pitch of 41.203 Hz.

    • Brainspore says:

      The claim is that he is capable of hitting that note, not holding it precisely. It’s akin to saying “Superman can leap over the Empire State Building, which is 1,454 feet tall.”

      • Antinous / Moderator says:

        For people who don’t sing — hitting a note, hitting a sustained note, hitting a note with volume are different things. I can sing some pretty good basso profundo, but without any power behind it.

  4. still prefere Brooke Benton in Rainy Night in Georgia

  5. tenner says:

    That sounds like it’s three octaves below middle C. Two octaves below middle C is the functional lower limit for the bass parts in most choral music. 

  6. jrtom says:

    41 Hz is well within the range of human hearing.  The note as described (E 2+ octaves below middle C) is even on a piano keyboard.  Are you sure you didn’t mean 4 Hz?

  7. LaylaSV says:

    I wonder if voices in this register would benefit from a different microphone / amplification system to more accurately capture their specific tonality and adjust for perceived volume?

    • Diogenes says:

       Yes!  And I’ll sell you one.  It has a special piece of wood attached, and it’s only $15,000 dollars.  Every audiophile should own one.

      • LaylaSV says:

        Oh awesome ’cause I just replaced all my old coaxial cables with the $80 ones from Monster and I am really beginning to see how small things like that can make a big difference.

        • Diogenes says:

          Now you’re talking! I’m also going to come out with a special brick that looks just like one you’d buy at the brickyard, but that makes all music sound more ethereal. Stay tuned!

    • Ladyfingers says:

       The only subwoofer that can reach below 1Hz is the Thigpen Rotary, which dispenses with a push-pull dynamic driver and is basically a ducted fan using orientable blades to push and pull the air in and out of a room. And it uses your room as a giant speaker cabinet, so your neighbours can enjoy the infrasonic terror. Basically, once you reach below a certain point, the wavelengths are too long for a direct linear coupling.

  8. kP says:

    I suspect Sulfur Hexafluoride doping.  

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcmMW772slI 
    http://biggeekdad.com/2012/01/inhale-sodium-hexafluoride/ 

    (no, not really, just keeping with the news of the day – someone does something extraordinary and doping is suspected)

  9. recoiled says:

    He almost hit the brown note. Yes I’m quoting South Park.  Sorry if this is juvenile.  But it’s all that I could think of while listening to that sound.

  10. James Mason says:

    I think the standard for performed music is that it sound good.  This doesn’t.

  11. Clearly he has three meals a day.

  12. Jacob Ewing says:

    Nice! An acapella subwoofer!

  13. Robert Cruickshank says:

    Hands up all those who want to hear this guy sing death metal instead of church music. 

  14. argeop says:

    0.189hz means one vocal pop every 5.3 seconds. That does not make sense to measure as a pitch. The reason the bottom range of human hearing is 20hz is not that we can’t hear sounds below that (unless it’s a pure sine tone) but that we don’t perceive it as pitch. Cycles that repeat at less than 20hz are perceived as individual rather than continuous sound.

    • Diogenes says:

      Ya, I’m thinking someone bumped a decimal out of place somewhere.  0.189hz isn’t a pitch it’s a rhythm, and a slow one at that.  Seconds per cycle rather than cycles per second.

  15. RedShirt77 says:

    All I can think about is the Simpsons episode where they used barry white to attract snakes. If I was in the room with him I probably wouldn’t want to have me feet on the ground.

  16. jon jon says:

    That frequency range is satan’s playground all the way.  Considering “the church” used to mutilate boys to retain their pure, angelic tonal qualities,  God clearly prefers his tones crystal clear and balls-less.  Satan prefers the often ambiguous tonality of resonant vibration.

  17. Sekino says:

    Impressive voice, but I just can’t stand Amazing Grace with a load of melisma added. Gotta go cleanse my ears with bagpipes.

  18. RJ says:

    The point isn’t whether you like the music or not. The point is that he’s able to sing lower than anyone else. I wonder if this has been a lifelong fixation, driving him to stretch his formant-creating muscles all his life, or if he was simply born with this ability.

    • Andrea says:

      Little of both is my guess. Anyone can stretch their vocal range, up or down, given practice. Sounds like he started in the basement and kept digging.

      • Wreckrob8 says:

        No. A voice coach who appeared in conversation with Tim Storms on the BBC earlier this week was of the opinion that you can train your voice to reach higher but not lower notes. Tim’s ability is fundamentally genetic.

        • Donald Petersen says:

          Joaquin Phoenix says that during the six months before principal photography commenced for Walk The Line, while he was learning to play guitar and sing as Johnny Cash, his voice was too high and the band had to transpose the songs into a higher key.  But right before shooting commenced, suddenly his singing voice deepened, and they had to play in the songs’ original keys.

  19. Andrea says:

    Whoa…

    (My lowest note is D below Middle C, two and a half octaves above the note he ends on in this. I’m a soprano.)

  20. kartwaffles says:

    0.189 Hz is one oscillation every 5.29 seconds. He’s not singing, he’s just making ~12 clicks per minute and calling it a tone.

  21. jwkrk says:

    I can hit below 0.1 Hertz, it’s called breathing…

  22. bolamig says:

    It sounds like there’s some sound processing on his mic adding in lower frequencies that are correlated with the fundamental frequencies he’s actually producing.   This artifact is likely why it sounds like a bad recording.  Then again youtube’s compression algorithms probably aren’t optimized for such low human produced sounds.

  23. Wow.  When he hits those high notes, it’s… well, less impressive than when he hits the low ones.

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