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Comment by Steve Sklar on October 26, 2009 at 7:15am
Hi Iver,

Oh, I'm not offended. I thought it was kinda humorous, and I've been doing this way too long to be thin-skinned about satire. Can't be too self-serious, you know? I get paid to produce what some folks consider funny sounds in public. Life is good!

FWIW, I know Tuvans that have a sense of humor about throat-singing, too, some of it even quite bawdy! And you're very kind, but I don't quite consider that little improv excerpt my masterpiece, just a document of a few moments plating with my pal John.

As the saying goes, "comedy isn't pretty," and I'm okay with that.

Cheers (and sometimes jeers ;-),

Steve
Comment by Jens Mügge on October 26, 2009 at 9:50am
Steve, I don't like this video but I love your kind of self humour!
Comment by Steve Sklar on October 26, 2009 at 6:52pm
Well, I think there is room for satire aimed at our little overtone world. I often get the feeling that it is too serious, self-important, holy, and "precious." Apologies (almost) to anyone who feels so serious, self-important, holy, and precious! (Insert grinning devil emoticon here).
Comment by Jens Mügge on October 26, 2009 at 7:24pm
There is something true I feel too. People think: ah overtone singing ... healing your chakras, cleaning your body and help to open your mind would be the same. If these people would know that overtone singers smoking cigarettes and drinking beer ... they would be shocked. Stay tuned and don't forget to laugh about all sacral attitudes. We overtone singers are neither angels nor castrato. If someone makes his satire have a look on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhX8N4kzNa0 that's also a satire about our little overtone world.
Comment by Steve Sklar on October 26, 2009 at 9:47pm
Well, certainly there are those "spriritual" and therapeutic parts, and they're definitely involved in my own practice. But I agree about the rest, especially the castrato bit!

Good video. Cleansed, balanced and polished my chakras, big-time.

Ok, time for me to go be a quiet black sheep, softly baaa-ing my khoomei...
Comment by Vladiswar Nadishana on October 27, 2009 at 11:33am
>I know Tuvans that have a sense of humor about throat-singing, too, some of it even quite bawdy!

7 years ago i was performing with my friend at the siberian ethno festival this song

it's russian originally but he started to sing throat singing in the middle of the song. Before the song we was making anouncement that this is very ancient russian throat singing style which now disappeared.
Gess what? Very important guy from Tuva in a jury was pissed off and offended by this innocent joke!
He forbid his students to play with me after that on a final concert of the festival, could you believe?
So they are not so easy with this stuff, i would say if you joke with them in this way you're playing with fire:)
Comment by Steve Sklar on October 27, 2009 at 2:51pm
Nadishana,

Oh, I can believe that! Many Tuvans would, I expect, be offended by such a remark. First, calling it a Russian art form might be bad enough, but now disappeared? Major faux pas. Tuvan history says that the Russians/Communists oppressed and damaged their culture, repressing khoomei, their national art, and to have such a comment would naturally be poorly received (especially by a Very Important Guy).

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