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SINGING IN A REVERBERATION ROOM

It is an interesting experience even thoughthe reverberation room is not designed for beautiful acoustics but to be able to meausure transmission loss of building elements (absorbtion of different materials). It is situated in the Technical University of Denmark, in Lyngby, north of Copenhagen. The surfaces are hard (concrete), and the cones on…

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Added by Skye Løfvander on July 2, 2019 at 2:42pm — No Comments

Singing Bowls

"How do the bowls (acetabula) sound? - What a sweet tone they produce when they are struck in different ways. Man accepts their sound with such great gladness that he believes hearing to be the best sense."…

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Added by Skye Løfvander on January 10, 2019 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Polyphonic Overtone Singing Exercise EXAMPLE: Phrygian, step I-II, Harmonics 6-5, Counter Movement.

Also Dorian, step II-III; Lydian, step VII-I; Mixolydian, step VI-VII; Aeolian, step V-VI; Locrian, step IV-V & Ionian, step III-IV.

If we should attempt to map the most obvious combinations of fundamental and harmonics in overtone singing, it is essential to find a simple way of illustrating them in sounds and images as…

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Added by Skye Løfvander on November 16, 2017 at 12:38pm — No Comments

WHICH HARMONICS WILL APPLY TO A MODAL SCALE:

If you sing within in a modal scale and you want your accentuated harmonics to stay within that framework here is your key diagram.

The smaller, divided circles indicate which harmonics can be accentuated at each step of the modal scales if you want to keep the harmonics within the pattern of the scale.

Intervals from the Harmonic Series:

- Perfect…

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Added by Skye Løfvander on October 31, 2017 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Chakra Music

'Chak Ratio'

In the Indian source texts about chakras and in traditional imagery, there is relatively much agreement on their location and the number of petals of the lotuses, so it is partly understandable if some tend to believe that these traits have their background in the hidden constitution of man – in subtle 'bodies'…

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Added by Skye Løfvander on April 30, 2017 at 7:30am — No Comments

The Octave Spiral - Overtone Visualization

The octave spiral is a structure that clarifies the ratios of the harmonic series. It illustrates something essential and universal, so it is obvious for anyone to try to understand and experiment with this pattern - first and foremost singers and musicians.

Marco Gianotta has made his design and programming expertise available for the project.

The program will not work in Internet Explorer, but in…

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Added by Skye Løfvander on February 23, 2016 at 3:30pm — 6 Comments

IT and Overtone Singing

There is one major hurdle for most singers who set out to learn to sing overtones:

It may be difficult to hear one's own accentuated harmonics



On the other hand the majority of participants in a beginners workshop, fortunately will be able to hear the harmonics of the others, so we are reassured that it is something that most singers can crack in a relatively short time.



If you have the noble ambition to reach a…

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Added by Skye Løfvander on December 31, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

Milton's Modal Compass

Awareness of modal scales is essential for overtone singers!

Milton Mermikides is a very talented musician and he is equipped with a deep sense and understanding of the inherent structures of music. I became aware of him as an ally in my mission to debunk 432 Hz superstition, which he has written an…

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Added by Skye Løfvander on March 10, 2015 at 10:35am — No Comments

Octave Glissando - Voice and Ear Exercise

In music it is not essential to be able to recognize absolute pitch: It is not really crucial if we tune to 432 or 440…

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Added by Skye Løfvander on November 18, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Basic Situations in Overtone Singing

A brief description on the basis of the video

Polyphonic Overtone Singing

by Anna-Maria Hefele…

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Added by Skye Løfvander on October 11, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

432 Red Herrings Per Second

NB! The text formatting of this blog i rather limited. x^y means 'x to the power of y'.

The notion that in the tonal world the frequency value 432 Hz is an expression of something special, has proven to be tenacious.

Is 432 Hz an…

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Added by Skye Løfvander on November 7, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments

The polyrhythmic dance of Lissajous figures

- the relations between mathematics, intervals in just intonation, harmonic singing, sparkles and martial arts.…

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Added by Skye Løfvander on July 7, 2013 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Silo Singing

In 1999 I was a beginner in the art of overtone singing. My recording outfit was also very primitive. I fell in love with places with unusual acoustic properties, above all an abandoned oil tank situated at the water front of an area which used to be a industrial harbour but now has become a mundane quarter of living close to the center of Copenhagen.

In the…

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Added by Skye Løfvander on May 31, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Golden Section or White Noise?

A friend of mine shared a link on my facebook wall. I followed it and read Mike Spinak's article The Golden Section Hypothesis: A Critical Look. My friend who comes from Sicily had asked me about my opinion, so I wrote the following reflections:

Wow, great article! Thanks for sharing!

There is no doubt that the overall picture is that we have become so infatuated with…

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Added by Skye Løfvander on May 31, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Timeline Presentation of Harmonic Scientists

The image is a screenshot. To go to the timeline: Click the link below!



Overtone singing is not only about producing sounds but more essentially to understand and develope a universal language!

I am working on the creation of a timeline presentation of the pioneers of harmonic sciences. So far it only consists of men from Europe and USA from…

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Added by Skye Løfvander on November 2, 2012 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

Polyphonic Overtone Singing

(the author is Danish so please submit your corrections of language or factual information. They will be received with gratitude)



Spectographic excerpt from Jan Heinke: Orpheo's Angel



Underneath the text you may find links to various sources of…

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Added by Skye Løfvander on October 30, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

Seven Liberal Arts - Music

Seven Liberal Arts - Music

Click the title to see the full presentation! (27 slides)…

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Added by Skye Løfvander on October 25, 2012 at 12:05am — No Comments

Platonic ratio

PLATONIC RATIO

Click the title to see the full presentation! (23 slides)

The ancient Greeks had a…

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Added by Skye Løfvander on October 23, 2012 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Keys to the Harmonic Universe

Det Springende Punkt presents:

Keys to the Harmonic Universe 

(click the title)…

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Added by Skye Løfvander on October 17, 2012 at 2:10pm — 3 Comments

Glissando - gliding tone exercises within a harmonic frame - not strictly for overtone singers

With thanks to Albrecht Dürerfor the proportion study.…

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Added by Skye Løfvander on September 22, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments

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