Man with the world's lowest singing voice

Tim Storms holds the World Record for the lowest note ever sung by a human. He can hit a G-7, or .189 Hz. It's so low you can't even hear it, but it's measurable. I like how Tim's website says "Biography of a Bass Freak." Tim also has the world's widest vocal range for a male. He was profiled this week by NPR's Morning Edition and also CNN. You can also hear Tim perform on the St. Petersburg Chamber Choir's new album, Tranquility: Voices of Deep Calm.


        1. Amazing talent. I have heard a few versions which I would class as a similar quality. I would prefer to hear their skill in different songs though :)

    1.  Ah, but you never heard the version we did in a band in Austin. A punk version. Truly awesome to watch a full dance floor of kids slamming and pogoing to Amazing Grace :) The song is ‘amazingly’ easy to turn up to 11, speed out and blow doors off with.

  1. 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.

    1. 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.”

      1. 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.

  2. 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. 

  3. 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?

    1. Yeah–normal human hearing is 20 Hz – 20 KHz. But there’s absolutely no way he hit 4 Hz. 

        1. I’m sure you’re deliberately joking, but in case there are some believers out there (ya know, the ones who think The Onion is true):  We hear a second hand “tick” because it’s an impulse generated once/second but containing a rather wide array of frequencies.  See  “Fourier Transform”.    Nerding off…

  4. 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?

    1.  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.

      1. 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.

        1. 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!

    2.  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.

  5. 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.

    1.  I was going to say that you probably feel it rather than hear it, then you reminded me of… ok

    1. Philistine.  The standard for performed music is that it be inaccessible to people with bourgeois expectations like music sounding good.

  6. 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.

    1. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

    1. 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.

      1. 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.

        1. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

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