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Ancient singing techniques
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This gal is pretty good at it - and it sounds amazing.











The high tones really carry over long distances, and the vibrato and the changes of tones, from really high to really low, seems to peak the interest of most cows. I can understand why they used this back in the old days. Imagine the hassle of otherwise running around the the whole meadow, or the forest, looking for, and herding, all the cows.




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It was also used to warn each other across the mountains if a wolf or a bear was coming, to let somebody know if a sheep had been found or simply to call out a blessing or say hello. It's a truly amazing sound.

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(09-11-2017, 05:52 PM)Brian Wrote: It was also used to warn each other across the mountains if a wolf or a bear was coming, to let somebody know if a sheep had been found or simply to call out a blessing or say hello.  It's a truly amazing sound.

Yeah, an effective way if one add a sort of language/code into the kulning, that an recipient understand; like warning for wolves, enemies, fire etc. It's a bit like the old beacons that were lit...
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This sound is so utterly haunting and other-worldly... it's like nothing I've ever heard before, not exactly "dissonant" but there's something "unusual" about the melody.
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http://www.isvroma.it/public/pecus/rosenberg.pdf
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“Kulning” or herding calls is by tradition female singing style. Therefore the technique is very much adjusted to and developed from the possibilities of female voice.  Compared to classical singing techniques as soprano voice you use a different timbre which can be obtained by using the resonance room in different way. In “kulning” you place your voice in the front of the mouth and instead of lowering the larynx as is common in classic singing you slightly raise it. The nasality of the sound and the way of starting every phrase and tone with a slight “pickup” also helps the sound to be straight and keep a clear direction of the voice. You often use the difference between the chest voice and the head voice to emphasize the originality of sounds. Especially when you do short, quick phrases often for small and quick animals like sheep and goat!



https://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/blogs/kulning-haunting-beautiful-swedish-herding-call-thats-also-song

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http://karin-rehnqvist.se/English/aboutkulning.html

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THROAT SINGING

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Thanks Brian, really great moving stuff Smile.
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(09-12-2017, 06:48 PM)Roberta Wrote: Thanks Brian, really great moving stuff Smile.
You are welcome.  I feel really at home researching this stuff and will probably start an ancient music thread later.

Kulning is still being taught

http://johannabolja.se/teaching/
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Thank you for a fun and wonderful course! I gained a lot of self esteem participating, when I realized I can really do these calls! This was very different from singing, which usually makes me nervous.

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