Meditation Music: Throat Singing with Matthew Kocel

By Jon Kelly

Vancouver, BC – An exclusive new video published to YouTube on November 22, 2015, offers viewers front-row access to meditation music from Matthew Kocel’s Throat Singing performance accompanied by frame drum at Morningstar Transformations. Tuvan throat singing is a UNESCO-recognized cultural tradition where performers tune the resonance of harmonic overtones to generate paraphonic melodies and drones using the human voice.

Website describes Matthew Kocel as “a throat singer, healer and musical visionary driven by his mission to inspire unity through the universal language of music and sacred sound. The harmonic overtones of his voice –  two, three, or more notes at the same time – vibrate the core of your being with extraordinary sensations, awakening a deep spiritual presence beyond words.”

According to one source, the “more deep sounding style of throat singing is known as Kargyraa (in Cyrillic: Каргыраа). Kargyraa has a deep, almost growling sound to it and is technically related to Tibetan Buddhist chant and has some similarities with vocal fry and the way Popeye’s cartoon voice was created. It uses both the vocal and the vestibular folds (also known as “false vocal chords”) simultaneously, creating two connected sources of sound.

“By constricting the larynx,” that source goes on to say, “The vestibular folds can be brought together (adducted) and, under certain conditions, vibrate. It can produce an undertone exactly half the frequency of the fundamental produced by the vocal folds. Therefore, for each second vibration of the vocal folds, the vestibular fold completes a whole vibration cycle. While the larynx generates such rich sound, the mouth cavity may be shaped, just like in the manipulation of vowels, to select some particular harmonics, resulting in a sound that may be perceived as having different pitches simultaneously.”

Earlier coverage of this artist included a video that encouraged audiences to breathe deeply while they imagined “receiving a hug from Mother Earth.”

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