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Tibetan Tantric Choir

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Tibetan Tantric Choir by The Gyuto Monks

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Nothing can prepare the uninitiated for the shocking sound of Tibetan throat singing, and these two liturgical pieces, each clocking in at near 25 minutes, are among the best, and most chilling, examples. The Gyuto Monks, in exile in India since the annexation of their native Tibet, have developed a tradition of singing that involves producing the lowest possible notes in the vocal range while simultaneously singing high overtones. The resulting sound suggests a symphony of inspired bullfrogs whose passion is Buddha, not Budweiser, croaking endlessly while rotating a wet foot around the perimeter of a giant wineglass. Which is a pretty mundane metaphor for music that produces such a powerful sense of dread and spiritual awe. Track 2 also includes clattering drums, some made of human crania. Spice Girls it ain't.... --James Rotondi

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Guhyasamaja Tantra, Chapter II - The Gyuto Monks
  2. Melody For Mahakala - The Gyuto Monks


Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 20, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Windham Hill Records
  • Run Time: 49 minutes
  • ASIN: B000000NIB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,445 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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To the best of my knowledge, Western musicians never utilized (or developed or imagined) vocal overtones, although Eastern musicians of several different cultures did. Well, some Westerners have recently, but not until first becoming aware of it through exposure to the Eastern innovations.
The bullfrog analogy in the Amazon.com official review was an interesting one, but if you hate the sound of frogs pay it no attention. The monks hold long, sustained notes, sometimes solo, sometimes in unison. I've always considerd this style of overtone singing more as an ocean of droning reverberation that comes and goes, the incoming waves overlapping and absorbing the outgoing waves.
I have played this cd for unsuspecting people before and when I asked them what they thought it was they very rarely ever even think that it is possible to make this music with just human voices. This is definitely transportational music of deep human importance.
Also look into the group HUUN HUUR TU. They also do overtone singing. Both styles are technically similar in that one man sings an extremely low note and a high overtone simultaneously but stylistically the Tuvan style (HUUN HUUR TU's style) and the Gyuto style are completely different. Both equally amazing and transcendent, but both completely different.
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Mickey Hart's work here is the best Tibetan prayer recording ever. Using the best Neumann microphones in the world, he arranged them in such a way as to capture the widest 3-D sound of the narrow hallway in which the monks prayed. The result is stunning, as if one were present in the middle of the hall. I've never heard such a vibrant live recording before--ever.
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By A Customer on May 12, 2003
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This is an outstanding recording and performance.
If you are familiar with "throat singing" and wish to add it to your recording collection, this is an excellent disc.
Keep a couple of things in mind:
This is a prayer, not a song.
Each singer is producing more than one note at a time.
These pieces are as much about feeling the performance as hearing it.
Enjoy.
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By A Customer on July 29, 2002
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This is the one for superior sound quality. I bought their Rooftops cd after this and immediately found that one a poorer recording. Here the liner notes list by name every microphone, model and its positioning. Meticulous. Bares repeated listenings. Be warned, this is minimalism. Song number one is only voice, song two adds bone instruments. Crank up the head phones. Listen hard.
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IF YOU MEDITATE OR EVEN LIKE CALM AND RELAXING SOUNDS YOU WILL LOVE THIS CD. I USUALLY PUT IT ON FIRST THING IN THE MORNING WHEN I ARISE TO MEDITATE AND THEN TO REVIEW MY DAY. THIS CD IS BOUND TO RELAX AND SOOTHE THE RESTLESS SPIRIT. IN THE EVENING BEFORE RETIRING I AGAIN LISTEN TO THESE ENCHANTING SOUNDS TO PREPARE FOR A DEEP SLEEP. THE VOICES OF THESE MONKS ARE INCREDIBLY COMPLEX, CAPTURES ONES COMPLETE ATTENTION AND IS TOTALLY ENJOYABLE.
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I love this c.d. It becomes beautifully familiar over time. This is a must for any meditation musical library.
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Buddhist chanting is an acquired taste. The extremely deep and emotionally affecting chanting is executed deep in the throat. Bells provide the perfect counterpoint at exactly the right time. This chanting is likely to sound weird, if not scary, on first listen. I listened to Freedom Chants today after a long interval and found it weird and scary at first. I knew I really liked the music and was in culture shock. I also was in the "Holiday Spirit": exhausted, frazzled and trying to do to much. After listening to the monks for a while, I found myself involuntarily taking large breaths and relaxing. My tension dissipated automatically. After a while, I felt peaceful and unconcerned about the Holiday madness. I looked at the cover of a fashion magazine: an anorexic model wearing a sparkle top grinned painfully. Forced, unnatural gaiety. The Holiday issue put me in culture shock in the other direction. Why do we do all this? That's what this music is: a drugless tranquilizer and life evaluation tool. But you gotta get through the culture shock.
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I love this CD! I've got them both; this one is in my daughter's room. We listen to it when life starts to get to chaotic. She loves to listen to the "frogs" (she's 22 months old). The first track on this CD is especially nice, I think... there are only 2 tracks. This CD is not as perfectly recorded as the other one, so it's not as mind boggling, but the chants have really nice variations and it's worth getting.
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