Free: sing2 – A Practice Book for Polyphonic Overtone Singing for Female Voice, English Version

 

Mit großer Freude darf ich hier ein Buch zweier meiner Schülerinnen und Absolventinnen meiner Obertongesangsausbildung präsentieren: sing2 – Overtone Melodies for Women, von Beate Eckert und Barbara Lübben.

Mit steigender Tonhöhe nimmt die Anzahl singbarer Obertöne ab. Deshalb stellt polyphoner Obertongesang an Frauenstimmen hohe Ansprüche, denn hohe Stimmen müssen den Grundton häufiger wechseln als tiefe Stimmen, um bestimmte Melodietöne mit Obertönen zu erreichen (→ Komponieren mit Obertongesang). Barbara Lübben und Beate Eckert haben dieses Büchlein mit polyphonen Oberton-Übungen herausgebracht, dass sich speziell dieser Anforderungen annimmt und für Frauen den Einstieg in den polyphonen Obertongesang erleichtert. Aber auch Männerstimmen können die Melodien in ihre Lage transponieren.

Eine der Herausforderungen beim Erlernen von Grundtonwechseln beim Obertongesang besteht in der Koordination von Resonanz und Sington. Das Multitasking bei der Konzentration auf zwei Melodien führt anfangs häufig zu Verwechslungen der beiden Melodie erzeugenden Prinzipien beim Obertongesang. Während die Unterstimme wie gewohnt von den Stimmbändern erzeugt wird, wird die Obertonmelodie durch Formveränderung im Mund- und Rachenraum gebildet.

Sing2 verwendet bekannte Melodien für den Obertonpart, was die Konzentration auf zwei gleichzeitig gesungene Melodien erleichtert. Selbst wenn man mal die Orientierung verliert, was anfangs auf jeden Fall passieren wird, findet man in eine bekannte Melodie schneller wieder hinein.

Ich selbst habe viel Freude an den Übungen und verwende sie gerne in meinen Kursen für Fortgeschrittene.

Im November des Coronajahres 2020 erschien die kostenlose englische Ausgabe von sing2. Die beiden Autorinnen haben beschlossen, nicht nur diese Ausgabe kostenlos zur Verfügung zu stellen, sondern zusätzlich noch einen Download mit Sounddateien, in denen alle Stücke von den Autorinnen selber vorgesungen werden. Wer mag, findet auf ihrer Homepage einen Link für einen freiwilligen Beitrag, den ich natürlich allen nahelege, die an dem Büchlein Vergnügen oder einen Nutzen haben. Die deutsche Ausgabe könnte Ihr in gedruckter Form zusammen mit einer CD auf der Website kaufen.

https://www.polyphona.de/sing2-en.html

Voice Disorders - a Focus of Clinical Speech Science (in German)

Currently FREE: Voice Disorders – a Focus of Clinical Speech Science

As the Federal Association of German Clinical Speech Scientists announced today, the jubilee volume on the occasion of the DBKS’s 25th anniversary, Voice Disorders – a Focus of Clinical Speech Science, is currently available free of charge in Open Access. “This is a reminiscence of our wonderful colleague and former DBKS board member Anke Bergt, who died far too early and who had acted as co-editor,” said the spokeswoman of the Department of Speech Science and Phonetics and director of the Institute of Music, Media and Speech Sciences, Prof. Dr. phil. habil. Susanne Voigt-Zimmermann.

I contributed a short text on the control of formants to the volume. You can read the volume online and download it as PDF.

→Voice Disorders – a Focus of Clinical Speech Science (in German)

How Achim Winter (German TV channel ZDF) set out one morning to learn overtone singing…

Note: The video does not work in some countries.

Achim Winter is going on another adventure and attends an overtone singing class with Wolfgang Saus. A cheerful German television team, Achim and his cameraman Hans-Jürgen Schmitz, meet on a Sunday morning in the former synagogue in Freudental for an equally cheerful weekend course group and film, participate and interview participants. As you can see, we had a lot of fun. The participants: Bettina Güßmann, Michael Volz, Diana Leo, Dorothea Niedecken, Ottschke Hemmerlein, Nicola Kaupert, Peter Schneider, Roland Wagner, Edwin Lengl, Achim Winter.

Impressions from the shooting

Links

⇒ZDF Website

Beach with snail shell

Sea noise (public domain) at the beach of Kolka, Latvia – my contribution to the World Listening Day 2019

World Listening Day 2019

Today, July 18, 2019, is World Listening Day 2019. The gentle waves in the Gulf of Riga. I recorded them in order to be able to accompany my future planned overtone singing meditation music.

Since the use of third-party sound material in your own productions often causes problems with copyright protection, I make this recording freely available for everyone and publish it under public domain or CC0 license. So, help yourself if you like it.

Download mp3 (320 kBit/s): Waves at Kolka beach Latvia CC0

Wav on request.


CC0
To the extent possible under law,
Wolfgang Saus

has waived all copyright and related or neighboring rights to
Waves on Kolka beach Latvia audio file.

This work is published from: Germany.

photo: seth0s from Pixabay

European Overtone Choir

28.02.19 – 22h – DLF Kultur Radio Broadcast about the Europa Obertonchor

The Deutschlandfunk Kultur broadcasts on Thursday, 28 February 2019 from 22h to 22h30 a radio feature about the European Overton Choir. The EOC is an experimental project choir that once a year from Easter Monday invites interested singers for a week to experiment with the potential and new sound possibilities of overtones in choral music. Works will be sung by notes as well as improvisations developed with new methods.

DLF Kultur, Thursday 28. Feb 2019, 22:00 h

European Overton Choir, next project week 22.-28. April 2019

A few weeks of cyborg

My Accident and Move 2018

Something private of mine today. I haven’t updated my website since spring. The reason: I had separated my left wrist from my joint in a bicycle accident in Belgium in spring and broke it several times, so that the hand had to be re-surgeryed twice. My helmet (I can only recommend it) was a lifesaver.

I couldn’t work on the computer for a few months and spent the summer in hospitals and recovering my bones. Now I have a titanium plate in my arm that holds everything together. I still can’t fully use my hand. But the prognosis is good that I can start playing the piano again in about a year.

Appropriately, the accident happened a few days after I had cancelled my apartment in Aachen and signed the lease for my current apartment in Bavaria.

FahrradsturzMove from Aachen to Hirschbach

The move to Bavaria took place successfully with many great helpers in August and September, and I now live in the countryside on a 2.5 hectare site that three of us want to transform into a permaculture garden starting next year. The address: Hirschbach 1, 91602 Dürrwangen, Germany.

After 24 years in Aachen, now suddenly the heart and ears open in the silence and beauty of nature and the surrounding forest. How I enjoy this silence and how I missed it, I notice only now, although I have already lived relatively quietly in Aachen. I expect the move to create a new relationship with time, also for my music.

I had a longing for grounding, in the truest sense of the word. A quarter of a century of professional work with overtones has activated my right brain hemisphere and expanded my perception (scientifically proven). Even as a child I had planted a jungle in my room. Now I am curious how the plants and home-grown food will react to my overtones.

The new tranquillity will give me time to publish more and to put my experiences and many scientific achievements on paper or on the website. If everything goes as planned, my blog will get a new start in December, with more instructions on overtone singing, more from my research and more fascinating experiences with sounds.

My new home

My new home, impressions September 2018.

Umzug mit vielen HelferInnen

The move was only possible with the support of many dear helpers, as I could neither lift nor pack.

Free Download: Beginner’s Textbook for Polyphonic Overtone Singing by Stuart Hinds

Stuart Hinds - Making Music with Overtone Singing - Buch FotoStuart Hinds from the USA is undisputedly the star of polyphonic Western overtone singing. No one else handles two melodies in basic and overtone with such virtuosity. He is also one of the most productive composers for overtone singing and has written several pieces for solo and choral singing.

Now he has written a new book “Making Music with Overtone Singing” in 2017. It is a systematic learning aid that allows every slightly advanced overtone singer to get into the art of polyphonic overtone singing.The new book starts where overtone beginners begin to control their tones and leads from there into the complex polyphony. The book thus forms the bridge to his more demanding 15 songs.

His sheet music book “An Overtone Expirience – 15 polyphonic overtone songs you´ll love to sing”, published by Traumzeit-Verlag in 2012 and translated by me, required advanced overtone singing experience.

Stuart Hinds generously makes his book available as a free PDF download. In addition to the book, the download also contains sound samples sung by the author.

To the download page

Online Voice Conference 2016 – Download

In November 2016 Dorothea Sahlmüller interviewed 33 voice experts for an online voice conference (affiliate link). 33 video contributions illuminate the human voice from 33 highly exciting and sometimes unusual perspectives.

I was interviewed too. My video was even voted on number 2 of the best interviews :) You will learn some phenomena that you would not immediately associate with overtone singing. Among them a new hearing test that will fundamentally change your perception of sound, experiences with dolphins and overtone singing in the Red Sea and my emotional experiences with autistic children.

The congress package with all the videos and some extras can be downloaded from Dorothea’s website.
Affiliate link to the download package

Stimmkonferenz 2016 Dorothea Sahlmüller Kongresspaket


This free online course on ‘Vocal Recording’ should be interesting to many singers

Many singers today make sound recordings at home. Grammy-award winning record producer, audio engineer, recording artist, and educator Prince Charles Alexander offers students a first-hand opportunity to learn the technologies behind vocal production.

Free online course about the recording environment, microphones, equalization, compressors, A-D-A conversion, the listening environment, human perception, natural widening concepts, artificial widening concepts, reverb, delay, and more.

I’m just taking the course myself, working through the archived material, is worth it!

Vocal Recording Technology

Ack, Värmeland, du sköna

Herausforderung für gute Obertonsänger

Wie immer könnt Ihr die Noten als Print- und editierbare MuseScore-Version kostenlos herunterladen:

Zurzeit (März 2014) unterrichte ich in Schweden und genieße den nordischen Frühling. Zum Anlass zweier Konzerte am kommenden Wochenende in Lund und in Kopenhagen habe ich einen Satz des schönen schwedischen Volksliedes “Ack, Värmeland, du sköna” für Obertongesang geschrieben, der dort zur Uraufführung kommt. Zusammen mit Anna-Maria Hefele singen wir eine Version für zwei Stimmen und Nyckelharpa.