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Title The song of harmonics / Hugo Zemp.

Published Western Australia : Kanopy, 2013.
©1989.

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Physical description 1 streaming video (39 minutes, 30 seconds) : sound, colour.
Series Hugo Zemp Ethnomusicology Collection
Hugo Zemp Ethnomusicology Collection
Notes Originally produced as a motion picture in 1990.
Credits Photography: Hugo Zemp, Daniel Cavillon ; sound: Jean-Pierre Estival, Michele Cavillon ; editing: Hugo Zemp.
Performers Tran Quang Hai, performer.
Summary In the practice of overtone singing (called also bi-phonic singing), whose best known examples can be found in Mongolia and with the Tuva people of Southern Siberia, a single person sings what the audience perceives as two voices at the same time: a low pitch with his vocal cords, and in addition, a high-pitched melody using harmonics (overtones) selected by modifying the volume of the mouth cavity. This documentary is not an ethnography filmed in location. It is partly an illustration of the results of former research, partly the very actual investigation on overtone singing carried out in Paris, in the Ethnomusicology Department of the Musée de l'Homme, during a workshop, during a concert of the Mongolian National Ensemble, and in the medical visualization department of a hospital. The central figure is Tran Quang Hai, a well-known musician specialized in Vietnamese music, a performer and researcher in overtone singing, who is there working with the filmmaker in the same research group. The initial idea was to explore new technologies allowing the visualization of music structure and performance. The film shows for the first time in real time and with synchronous sound how biphonic singing operates from the physiological as well as the acoustical point of view. While shooting the x-ray pictures of tongue movements and the spectral views of overtones, the filmmaker and his collaborators discovered for the first time — like the viewer of the film — how this unique vocal technique operates.
Language notes In French and English with some English subtitles.
Audience Classification:
Original Version Electronic reproduction. Originally produced: Paris : CNRS, 1989.
System notes Streaming video.
Other author Cavillon, Daniel, photographer.
Cavillon, Michele, recordist.
Trân, Quang Hai, 1944- performer.
Estival, Jean-Pierre, recordist.
Zemp, Hugo, producer.
Centre national de la recherche scientifique (France), production company.
Documentary Educational Resources (Firm)
Kanopy (Firm), issuing body.
Subject Ethnomusicology.
Sound recordings in ethnomusicology.
Documentary films. lcgft