And now back to our regularly-scheduled throat singing, with a performance of "Choldordin eezi" (Owner of the steppes) by Altyn Tuu. Featured are Danil Dangeev, Alan Samoev, and Ezenday Balbin.
I love the courage of Nick Offerman as he fearlessly champions Black Lives Matter, the 2017 Women's March (while wearing a pink pussy hat), LGBTQ rights, early voting, mask-wearing, and more on his Instagram page. — Read the rest
Frank Sinatra sang for New York and twice for Chicago, Tony Bennett crooned for San Francisco but it wasn't until 1984 that Detroit had any kind of high-profiler singing an anthem about it. "Hello, Detroit" was co-written by Motown founder Berry Gordy. — Read the rest
Damn near every region in the world has a well of traditional music that they're able to draw cultural water from. Some musical traditions are better known than others. Most folks have likely heard Tuvan throat singing, but aren't able to put a name to it. — Read the rest
Throat singing, aka overtone singing, is a well known practice in the traditional music of Mongolian, Tibetan, and other indigenous people around the world. Surprisingly, you can also hear it on "Lonely Cowboy," a fantastic 78 RPM shellac record from 1927 by cowboy singer Arthur Miles that also features some lovely yodeling! — Read the rest
In the early 1960s, pedal steel guitar virtuoso Pete Drake (1932-1988) played his instrument through a talk box to record a fresh cover of the song "Forever." A talk box essentially routes an amplified instrument's sound from a small speaker into the musician's mouth via a rubber tube so they can shape the tone as if they're speaking. — Read the rest
It's hard to sort Hazmat Modine into a neat musical category. They play the blues, but it's not like anything you've likely heard anywhere else. A lot of folks consider the tunes that the New York City musical collective churn out to be "world music." — Read the rest
People snore because they've lost throat muscle tone, says Dr. Mike Dilkes, an ear, nose and throat surgeon in London. In an interview with CBC, he offers an exercise to rebuild your throat muscles:
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MD: There's a quick [exercise] you can do: Opening your mouth as wide as you can.
Wolfgang Saus demonstrates polyphonic overtone singing, aka throat singing, aka singing two melodies at the same time. — Read the rest
In a new scientific study, researchers conducted acoustical analysis of Queen singer Freddie Mercury's singing voice. While he spoke in a baritone voice, Mercury had a tremendous singing range. But his real vocal superpowers were a rather unique vibrato combined with his ability to use subharmonics, like a Tuvan throat singer. — Read the rest
Read the first seven chapters from Jo Walton's beautiful novel of forking lives (review), where a single change leads to radically different destinies.
[Ed: I'm a huge fan of Kembrew McLeod, a writer, nerdfighter, media theorist and hoopy frood. From epic pranks like Freedom of Expression (R) to genius analysis like Creative License, Kembrew always amazes. Here's an excerpt from his latest: Pranksters: Making Mischief in the Modern World, with an introduction just for us -Cory]
Since I was a kid, I have been fixated on trickery, which played a role in why I grew up to be an occasional prankster (my dad recalls that, as an adolescent, I would surprise him by placing my Sesame Street Ernie doll in grim situations, such leaving him in a noose hanging from a shower head or pinned to the kitchen wall with a knife). — Read the rest
Back in 2012, I reviewed How Music Works, David Byrne's best book to date, an absolutely vital text explaining not only the biology, politics and aesthetics of music (and all art, really), but also the important policy and techology questions raised by music in the Internet age. — Read the rest
Here's a passage from Guy Gavriel Kay's new novel River of Stars, along with Kay's introduction to the passage:
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As a rule, my reading passages come from early in the novels. It took me too many years and books to figure out why that makes sense.
Former Talking Heads frontman and all-round happy mutant David Byrne has written several good books, but his latest, How Music Works, is unquestionably the best of the very good bunch, possibly the book he was born to write. I could made good case for calling this How Art Works or even How Everything Works. — Read the rest