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What is Throat Singing?

Öberg, Robin (2008)
Social Anthropology
Abstract
In southern Siberia there is a culture of throat singing, a singing technique where a person can create two different and clearly audible tones at the same time. This throat singing phenomenon has flowed from the Tuvan republic in Russia out into the entire world. Persons of different ethnic ori­gins sing and teach throat singing to persons from all kinds of nations, thus all kinds of persons come in contact with the throat singing phenomenon. Questions that seem to naturally arise from this are: How is throat singing used by these persons, how does it play a part in their lives? This study begins with a historical background to the phenomenon of throat singing, introducing the important terms and concepts, then it goes into the more... (More)
In southern Siberia there is a culture of throat singing, a singing technique where a person can create two different and clearly audible tones at the same time. This throat singing phenomenon has flowed from the Tuvan republic in Russia out into the entire world. Persons of different ethnic ori­gins sing and teach throat singing to persons from all kinds of nations, thus all kinds of persons come in contact with the throat singing phenomenon. Questions that seem to naturally arise from this are: How is throat singing used by these persons, how does it play a part in their lives? This study begins with a historical background to the phenomenon of throat singing, introducing the important terms and concepts, then it goes into the more scientific analysis, showing phenomenologically how a heterogeneous group uses throat singing in its/their ontology, and then concluding it all by putting it all together, creating a model of a being of throat singing. In other words, this is a first step towards a complete understanding of the phenomena of throat singing, and this first step takes the approach from the experience of the individual. With a phenomenological method of analysis, Meaning Constitution Analysis, the different aspects of throat singing is exposed by showing the meanings associated with it. There has not been any similar study as this before, all the previous data using throat singing without definition is arbitrary. With the results of this study, even quantitative surveys can be used to further understand the phenomenon of throat singing. (Less)
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@misc{1317205,
  abstract     = {In southern Siberia there is a culture of throat singing, a singing technique where a person can create two different and clearly audible tones at the same time. This throat singing phenomenon has flowed from the Tuvan republic in Russia out into the entire world. Persons of different ethnic ori­gins sing and teach throat singing to persons from all kinds of nations, thus all kinds of persons come in contact with the throat singing phenomenon. Questions that seem to naturally arise from this are: How is throat singing used by these persons, how does it play a part in their lives? This study begins with a historical background to the phenomenon of throat singing, introducing the important terms and concepts, then it goes into the more scientific analysis, showing phenomenologically how a heterogeneous group uses throat singing in its/their ontology, and then concluding it all by putting it all together, creating a model of a being of throat singing. In other words, this is a first step towards a complete understanding of the phenomena of throat singing, and this first step takes the approach from the experience of the individual. With a phenomenological method of analysis, Meaning Constitution Analysis, the different aspects of throat singing is exposed by showing the meanings associated with it. There has not been any similar study as this before, all the previous data using throat singing without definition is arbitrary. With the results of this study, even quantitative surveys can be used to further understand the phenomenon of throat singing.},
  author       = {Öberg, Robin},
  keyword      = {Socialantropologi,Tuva,Sibirien,Strupsång,Fenomenologi,Kognitiv Antropologi,Psykologisk Antropologi,Anthropology of Music,Ethnomusicology,MCA,Meaning Constitution Analysis,Social sciences,Samhällsvetenskaper,Cultural anthropology, ethnology,Kulturantropologi, etnologi},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {What is Throat Singing?},
  year         = {2008},
}