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Song of harmonics (The)

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  00:38:00  1989  SD 4/3  Color  Sound

In the practice of overtone singing, which is best known in Mongolia and Southern Siberia, a single person sings two voices at the same time : a low-pitched sound with his vocal cords and in addition a melody using selected harmonics in the buccal cavity.
An introductory course conducted by Tran Quang Hai, a concert and the interviews of Mongolian singers, X-ray and spectrographical pictures, in real time and synchronous sound, show how this unique vocal technique operates.

Author : ZEMP Hugo (Etudes ethnomusicologie, UMR CNRS, Paris) TRAN Quang Hai (Etudes ethnomusicologie, UMR CNRS, Paris)
Director : ZEMP Hugo
Audiovisual processReal shots. Use of computer screenshots and radiologic images.
Interviews (live sound) and voice over. Music and Mongolian songs.
Date of broadcasting04/1995 (Planète)


Music and dance


France ; Asia

Technical Sheet
Item No.606
PublicLarge audience ; Specialised audience
Original Support16 mm Film
VersionFrench ; English
DistributionSale (private use), Sale (institutionnal use)
Delivery support16 mm Film ; Beta SP