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Gurdjieff- Meetings with Remarkable Men (overtone singing in film)

I saw this film years ago (made in '79), and just saw it again now. I remembered the opening scene where a competition occurred including a man singing overtones (not Asian throat singing). This was supposedly based on the true story of Gurdjieff's early years. Since he was born in 1866, this would have been very early for such a 'western' adaptation. Perhaps the inclusion of overtone singing in the film was taking some liberties with history, but if there is any basis in truth, it has interesting implications. Any thoughts on this?

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The singer is David Hykes in one of his early appearances. I think that at this particular point the film maker deviated from the strictly historical correct or possible and instead chose to add footage of a remarkable singer giving an example of an art which at that time was not at all commomnly known.
You mean this scene?

I think: remarkable music for a remarkable meeting!

oh Kiva .... how exciting! That's the film I saw in 1990, of which I speak in my profile. So I knew overtone singing :-)) Thanks a lot for share it !! :-))

Thank you for this sharing!
And thanks too inform us when you could about yodel and harmonic singing. It interests me, as joik too. Do you know this saami singing?

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