Overtone Singing in Cross-Cultural Perspective|
Fall 2013 not offered
Overtone singing is a remarkable technique in which the singer can produce a distinct, whistle-like melody above a drone by manipulating the harmonic resonances of the vocal apparatus. From experimental art musics to nomadic sound-worlds, this course will survey overtone singing practices around the world with special emphasis on Europe, Mongolia, and Tuva. Lectures will also explore the acoustics of production and cultural topics, including religious uses of overtone singing, cultural appropriation, and modernization. Finally, a regular performance component will introduce students to basic techniques.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
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Tongeren, Mark van.. 2002. OVERTONE SINGING: PHYSICS AND METAPHYSICS OF HARMONICS IN EAST AND WEST. Amsterdam: Fusica.
Levin, Ted. 2006. WHERE RIVERS AND MOUNTAINS SING: SOUND, MUSIC, AND NOMADISM IN TUVA AND BEYOND. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
Pegg, Carole. 2001.MONGOLIAN MUSIC, DANCE, & ORAL NARRATIVE: PERFORMING DIVERSE IDENTITIES. Seattle: The University of Washington Press.
Additional reading and online materials will be given by the instructor.
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There will be several quizzes, a midterm exam, and a final project that can combine research and performance. Students will also be given exercises for overtone singing, which they are expected to practice daily.
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