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Harmonics

The first time I heard overtone singing was utterly intriguing and I will never forget how fascinated I was by this strange and pure sound. I started to delve into that topic since then and wanted to understand how the human voice can produce such a serene sound and why it affects us differently than other sounds. I didn't know then where this journey would take me - from the fundamental concepts and principles of music, through the different styles of harmonics singing to the foundation of sound and vibration.

Harmonic Scale


Harmonic Scale In working with the fractals I soon realized that harmonics are the self-similar geometry of sound and vibration. Since our universe is mainly vibration, this principle can be found occurring almost everywhere on different scales of magnitude throughout manifestation. It has so many different facets, but the essential principle of division is very simple. With each vibration, multiples of the fundamental are created in addition at the same time.

This image shows the harmonic scale up to the 32nd harmonic and their proportions in relation to the fundamental.




Space Sound Voice - A quest for the origin of Harmonics

At the end of my study in 2007 I decided to shoot a documentary about this topic and visited some of the greatest overtones singers. This documentary "Raum Klang Stimme" was published in 2009 in Germany.




Space Sound Voice - A quest for the origin of Harmonics [Chapter]

Harmonics are usually also called Overtones when they are related to sound phenomenons that we are able to perceive. Overtone singing is a technique to filter out single harmonics from the spectrum of the human voice. With this technique a singer can create the illusion of singing with to voices simultaneously.


Learn overtone singing

Interested in overtone singing? This DVD-workshop with the internationally renowned singer Wolfgang Saus teaches you in depth the overtone singing technique. He developed a three-steps learning system that enables even beginners to sing their first overtones quickly, with no prior knowledge or musical skills needed.