Sitting in the foreground of an enormous mountain vista, a solitary man named Batzorig Vaanchig does some soothing Mongolian throat singing.
Throat singing has been a part of Mongolian culture for centuries. Singers like Vaanchig are vocal acrobats, able to produce more than one pitch simultaneously. Throughout the world there are several different styles of throat singing, which is also known as overtone singing.
Vaanchig plays in a Mongolian folk group called Khusugtun. He’s a player of the morin khuur or the Horsehead Fiddle, a trapezoid-shaped stringed instrument that traditionally used male and female horse hair for the two strings.
He finishes with a flourish; from a seemingly subterranean low note to something akin to a high chord struck on a synthesizer.
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