Humans have an innate desire to create; it is what separates us from animals.
particular, engages us in the human spirit and is a primary tool of expression and communication.
It creates a catharsis and reveals what it truly means to be human.
This need is deeply imbedded
in our history, as it helps us to celebrate, practice tradition, and exercise a belief system.
imperative that one studies the diverse history of music in order to understand the culture of a
This often yields an increased understanding of their value system.
Our ears are trained
to recognize certain scales and pitches, so it takes a different kind of understanding to appreciate
music outside of one’s cultural comfort.
For example, when one first encounters throat singing,
it is quite difficult to believe that just one person alone is producing the distinctive sound.
even be hard to believe that these sounds, resembling growling and whistling, are created by a
human being, as the singing sounds more animalistic than anything.
At In Western cultures, one
rarely encounters such a genre of music.
But after further attention is paid to the music, one can
appreciate the complexity of the technique the singing requires.
Additionally, the study of the
history of throat singing yields valuable results and affords one the opportunity to learn about a
set of people he/she may never encounter.
It is believed that multiphonic singing originated in Tuva, a small republic in central Asia,
although the date of origination is unknown.
Historically, Khoomei, as throat singing in called in
Tuva, is typically studied by men.
However, women in Tuva have recently begun to learn the
Nowadays, Tuvan throat singing is studied formally at the Tuvan School of Art, but it
is also taught casually between friends and family.
In terms of spirituality, Tuvans tend to focus
on the natural, specifically sounds that occur in nature.
It is thought that the original intention of