Saturday, September 1, 2007

Well, they're shorter...

Peter, from the excellent Detectives Beyond Borders blog, quite reasonably responded to my post below by enquiring what a Mongolian short-song would be.  There's quite a useful description here (though like all attempts to describe music in words it probably raises more questions than it answers). 

Mongolian traditional music is rather wonderful and strange.  Throat singing, of course, has to be heard to be believed (and even then your credulity is stretched).  Here's a decent short introduction. 




1. Peter said...

Thanks for those articles. I did here some throat singing years ago in a radio program. Rather rich, deep, rasping and resonant at the same time, if I recall at all correctly.

That CD that I bought in Amsterdam contains a number of songs with "praise song" in the title: to Genghiz Khan, to military horses, as well as a number of additional songs that seem to be praising one thing or another. Horses figure prominently.

2. Michael Walters said...

The extraordinary thing about throat singing is that the singer produces two notes simultaneously - one is the deep rasping sound you describe, the other much higher pitched. The combined effect is hypnotic - and I understand has a role in shamanism. And, yes, horses do tend to figure prominently...

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