These days most people have heard of harmonics or throat singing. You may have heard a performance of the Dalai Lama’s Gyuto monks or perhaps the Mongolian folk-group from Tanu Tuva, Hun Hur Tu, have blasted your senses with their astonishing vocal range.
But what are these harmonics, these overtones that seem to transport both singer and listener into domains far beyond the mundane? Is it just coincidence that these are also the sounds produced by shamans from many different cultures to access altered states of consciousness and to journey to the Spirit World?
Music of the Spheres
Certainly there are techniques that can be learnt, but I feel that to see this form of singing as just another technique robs us of the potential for a great experience of re-connection.
I like to suggest to those who come to me for this course that, aside from opening their mouths, that they also open their ears. For harmonics invite us to embrace an attitude of heightened listening, so that we do not blindly dismiss these sounds that have been described as the Music of the Spheres.