I Bet You've Never Heard Of Mongolian Throat-Singing Before...

Submitted by: buttersrules 3 weeks ago


I know a (very) little about Mongolian culture, but absolutely next to nothing about it's language or music, But I find their traditional throat singing very interesting. The rhythm and the harmony caught me at first. It wasn't until I'd seen a few similar clips that I looked into the style more... This clip is form a group called Khusugtun.

From Wikipedia: "In Mongolian throat singing, the performer produces a fundamental pitch and—simultaneously—one or more pitches over that... The animistic world view of this region identifies the spirituality of objects in nature, not just in their shape or location, but in their sound as well. Thus, human mimicry of natures sounds is seen as the root of throat singing."

Mimicary of natures sounds is something that many cultures, western culture included, do both in language and music. In any case, I find this strangely captivating and catchy. Have a listen, expand your minds, and, above all, I hope you enjoy.
There are 12 comments:
Male 97
This trend of celebrating historical culture through music that's passed through so many threads lately is super!  Interesting, entertaining and a fine point of departure for learning more about something new or forgotten.
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Male 1,684
Love stuff like this, great rhythm and harmony. 
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Male 44
Got that "Alice in Chains" vibe.
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Male 1,684
M4A1 You...you actually nailed it!

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Male 43
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Male 1,239
You'd lose that bet, butters.
Been listening to Mongolian throat singing for at least 10 years now.
Try some Inuit throat singing. Also pretty great
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnGM0BlA95I

What you might not realize is that the better throat singers can "sing" different notes at the same time. What you're hearing at 2:10 is just one performer.
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Male 118
Yeah, that's a new one on me, too. Sick af. Probably couldn't name one of the instruments they were playing either
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Male 7,960
Uh HUH. Frasier and Niles want to go, but they have to walk Eddie. Duh.
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Male 910
Actually I have. 1 or 2 seasons ago on Booze Traveler he went to Mongolia and they did this. I think. All those shows look alike when I'm Moonshine traveling the couch.
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Male 19,981
scheckydamon There's a Booze Traveler? Excellent -- I've always been a little disappointed that the Thirsty Traveler was cancelled. Good to know there's someone out there who's continuing to carry the torch.
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Male 910
fancylad Travel channel.
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Male 19,981
Incredible, just incredible. It's a bit meditative too. My guess is that watching this live would be mind-blowing. Great find.
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