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Tibetan Tantric Choir

The Gyuto MonksAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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From 779 A.D., when Buddhism became the state religion of Tibet, until 1959 -- when His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama was forced into exile -- the nation of Tibet was unique in the world for its unparalleled dedication to spiritual development. Its singularly beautiful music and art were inspired by, and intended to enhance, the practice of meditation. Great monastic universities ... Read more in Amazon's The Gyuto Monks Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 20, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Windham Hill Records
  • ASIN: B000000NIB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,097 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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

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Tibetan Tantric Choir by The Gyuto Monks

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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4.6 out of 5 stars
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84 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lhasa in your home April 12, 2000
Format:Audio CD
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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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Very Best Chant October 29, 2002
Format:Audio CD
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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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sound with a purpose May 12, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
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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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Sound Quality July 29, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
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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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I love this c.d. It becomes beautifully familiar over time. This is a must for any meditation musical library.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars IF YOU MEDITATE March 15, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff April 9, 2007
By pchy
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I've been looking for a Gyuto Monks CD for some time. This really hits the spot.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great meditation music August 2, 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I've been listening to the Gyuto Monks during my daily meditations. The music is beyond explanation... simply amazing. It has greatly improved my meditative experience.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Helps you clear your mind
I Love this! If you have trouble meditating this will help. Listen to it in a hot bath or on a walk and you will feel amazing.
Published 1 month ago by butaka
4.0 out of 5 stars There are no lower lows (in a good way)
The low harmony this group creates is special. I feel relaxed after listening. Spend some time listening, it only gets better & better. Enjoy!
Published 23 months ago by JimmyZ
5.0 out of 5 stars Relaxing.
I don't own a lot of chanting recordings. Yet, I have to admit that I find this exceptionally relaxing and very conducive to my evening meditation. Read more
Published on May 24, 2012 by William G. Daniels
5.0 out of 5 stars Gyuto Monks Chant
This is a fabulous recording of the monks that can help you achieve a sense of peace and serenity. I use it in my meditation and psychic developoment classes. Read more
Published on February 7, 2012 by Tom
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for everyone.
It does not matter what your spiritual beliefs are or are not, this album has
an energy that calms and energizes as well.
The voices and instrumentation reach your core.
Published on February 25, 2010 by Janice Cleary
5.0 out of 5 stars Tuva or bust!
Many years ago after reading about Richard Feynman's efforts to reach Tuva to hear the famed throat singers, I purchased a vinyl copy of of "The Gyuto Monks: Tibetan Tantric... Read more
Published on February 6, 2010 by Sharon M. Willocks
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome sounds!
I love this CD-the quality is excellent!
I watched a few of the Gyuto Monks videos on youtube and fell in love with their sound! Read more
Published on September 10, 2009 by onenessseeker
5.0 out of 5 stars increible sensacion...
como decia en la review de los otros 2 cds me quede impactado y como no podia sacar de mi cabeza estas profundas vocez... Read more
Published on June 5, 2009 by Fidel Ernesto Orrillo Puga
5.0 out of 5 stars deeply resonant
This recording of Tibetan monks chanting in almost impossibly deep levels of resonance is hypnotic without being soporific. Read more
Published on March 11, 2009 by J. Barrett
4.0 out of 5 stars Sounds like a refrigerator, but good.
I will rarely if ever say my critique of an item on amazon is almost purely a matter of taste. In this case, I would say it is. Read more
Published on February 9, 2009 by Mike
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