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Polyphonic Singing Is Weird and Amazing


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This is Anna-Marie Hefele, a German singer whom blogger Marilyn Bellamy aptly describes as "a human theremin." She specializes in polyphonic singing, which means singing multiple notes simultaneously. When she performs, she can pair notes however she wishes in a vast variety of combinations. The musical effect is stunning and unlike anything I've ever heard from a human voice.


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If you are fascinated by this, you might want to look up information about the Throat Singers of Tuva and Mongolia, where this form of singing is part of their ancient cultural heritage. Also, there is a marvelous film on the subject called "Genghis Blues," that follows a blind American singer to Tuva to share his love for this form and compete in one of their singing contests. It's very uplifting!
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