Thursday, January 14, 2021

VA - Throat Singing, With Echoes Through the Universe (A Butterboy Compilation) CD1+CD2+CD3


VA - Throat Singing, With Echoes Through the Universe (A Butterboy Compilation) CD1+CD2+CD3.

Throat Singing also known as overtone singing, overtone chanting, harmonic singing, is a type of singing in which the singer manipulates the resonances created in the vocal tract, in order to produce additional overtones above the fundamental note being sung.  Tuvan throat singing, known as khoomei is one particular variant of overtone singing practiced by people in Tuva, Mongolia, and Siberia.  In Tuvan throat singing, the performer produces a fundamental pitch and simultaneously one or more pitches over that. 

The history of Tuvan throat singing reaches far back. Many male herders can throat sing, but women are beginning to practice the technique as well. The popularity of throat singing among Tuvans seems to have arisen as a result of geographic location and culture. The open landscape of Tuva allows for the sounds to carry a great distance. Ethnomusicologists studying throat singing in these areas mark khoomei as an integral part in the ancient pastoral animism still practiced today. Often, singers travel far into the countryside looking for the right river, or go up to the steppes of the mountainside to create the proper environment for throat-singing.

The animistic world view of this region identifies the spirituality of objects in nature, not just in their shape or location, but in their sound as well. Thus, human mimicry of nature's sounds is seen as the root of throat singing. An example of this is the Tuvan story of the waterfall above the Buyant Göl (Deer River in Tuvan), where mysterious harmonic sounds are said to have attracted deer to bask in the waters, and where it is said harmonic sounds were first revealed to people. Indeed, the cultures in this part of Asia have developed many instruments and techniques to mimic the sounds of animals, wind, and water. While the cultures of this region share throat singing, their styles vary in breadth of development. 

The people of Tuva have a wide range of throat singing vocalizations, and were the pioneers of six pitch harmonics. There are several different classification schemes for Tuvan throat singing. In one, the three basic styles are khoomei, kargyraa and sygyt, while the sub-styles include borbangnadyr, chylandyk, dumchuktaar, ezengileer and kanzyp. In another, there are five basic styles: khoomei, sygyt, kargyraa, borbangnadyr and ezengileer. The substyles include chylandyk, despeng borbang, opei khoomei, buga khoomei, kanzyp, khovu kargyraazy, kozhagar kargyraazy, dag kargyraazy, Oidupaa kargyraazy, uyangylaar, damyraktaar, kishteer, serlennedyr and byrlannadyr. These schemes all use Tuvan terminology.

In listening to these sounds, you come to understand that the Mongolians have been preserving and enriching their heritage for many centuries now. The music is always inimitable and sublime.

Here are 61 examples of Tuvan Throat Singing, from Mongolian bluegrass to spiritual harmonics. Open your mind and enjoy the amazing sounds of Mongolian and Tuvaluan throat singers which are full of sub-harmonic and melodic overtone melodies.






Track lists


01 Igor Koshkendey Singing With Echoes Through the Universe 5:53

02 Egschiglen Khoomin Uran Setgemj 5:00

03 Alash Odarladyp Semirtiili 4:23

04 Ay-Kherel Igil Solo 7:37

05 Oidupaa Vladimir Oiun Tuvan Throat Singing 11:56

06 Huun-Huur-Tu Sygyt - Lament of the Igil 3:52

07 Anda Union The Tale of the True Brothers 6:23

08 Bulgarian Voices Angelite Legend 7:41

09 Okna Tsahan Zam Khomei (3 Voices) 3:06

10 Aldyn-Ool Sevek Demonstration of Kargyraa 1:57

11 Altaikai My People 2:53

12 Chirgilchin Ancestors. I Will Not Abandon My Khoomei 3:03

13 Doshpuulur Kongar, Ool Ondar Medley of Throat Singing Styles 4:31

14 Gennadi Tumat Sigit, Kargiraa and Khoomei 5:15

15 Oleg Kuular Collection of Hoomei Styles 3:20

16 Huun-Huur-Tu & the Bulgarian Voice Angelite Lonely Bird 10:57

17 T. Ganbold Variations of Mongolian Throat Singing 3:36

18 Tyva Kyzy Symyrazhyp Orgai-La Siler (Sit and Be Amazed) 5:25

19 Oleg Kuular Sygyt - Borbangnadyr 3:19

20 Khusugtun Torguud Land 3:58


21 Alash Bai-Taiga 8:41

22 Egschiglen Ardin Hoyr Duu 3:22

23 Anatoli Kuular Borbangnadyr With Stream Water 2:50

24 Ay-Kherel Kadarchynyn Yry (Shepherd's Song) 5:53

25 Alash Buura 3:35

26 Chirgilchin Praise Song for Igil 6:13

27 D. Battemer, Morin Khuur Ts H. Batsaichan Er Bor Chartsaga (Strong Brown Hawk) 4:27

28 Huun-Huur-Tu Kombu 4:43

29 Anda Union Jahan Sharag 3:59

30 Tyva Kyzy Bodum Oorum Kaiyn Bilit (How Will My Own Friends Know) 5:26

31 Oidupaa Vladimir Oiun A Thin Mountain Ash 5:23

32 Okna Tsahan Zam Samarine 4:52

33 Ondar Mongun-Ool Sygyt 3:38

34 T.Ganbold Derwets Tshastai Khaliun (Four‑year‑old Khaliun Horse) 2:32

35 Sumya & Orchibat Uyahan Zambutivin Naran 3:54

36 Sainkho Nahchylak Bai-Laa Taigam 3:07

37 Oorjak Hunashtaar-Ool Bayan-Kol 5:13

38 Norovbansad Seruun Saichan Tshangai 3:02

39 Kara-Sal Ak-Ool U Miloy Sergi (My Beloved Girl's Earrings) 3:04

40 Huun-Huur-Tu Ching Suurtkchblerining Yryzy (Song of the Caravan Drivers) 5:34


41 Alash Achai 4:41

42 Oorzhak Khunashtaar-Ool Bolur-Daa-Bol, Bolbas-Daa-Bol 1:12

43 Anda Union Genghis Khan 4:12

44 Khusugtun First Snow 5:57

3 Ay-Kherel Tool (The Story) 4:23

46 Igor Koshkendey Sings Khoomei 4:49

47 Shaktar Shulban Demonstration of Sygyt and Kargyraa 2:07

48 Opej Andrej Sygyt - Kargyraa 3:26

49 Nanjid Sengedorj Altain Magtaal 4:25

50 Altaikai Play, Play, Altai 5:26

51 Bibizada Suleymanova Village Melody in Uzlyau Style 3:54

52 Bujan Dondak Kargyraa 2:42

53 Anda Union Boomborai 5:32

54 Egschiglen Altai Khangain Matgaal 5:07

55 Altyn Tuu Word of Baatyr 3:36

56 Huun-Huur-Tu, Bulgarian Women's Choir Angelite' Fly, Fly My Sadness 7:44

57 Huun-Huur-Tu Chiraa-Khoor ('the Yellow Trotter') 4:52

58 Kaigal-Ool Khovalyg Fantasy on the Igil 4:23

59 Yat-Kha Kargyram 10:55

60 Igor Koshkendey Shui, Tuva 4:13

61 Albert Kubezin and Yat-Kha Yenisei-Punk 3:10




  1. Fantastic. Let's have a sing-a-long

    1. Hi Eric,
      Lets start, get your horse hair guitar and sing with me... Haaaaahrruuuuuuuu..eeeeeeeooooo..


  2. what a fantastic collection - I can't download in zippy share though - can you do it in mega?

    1. Thanks Peanut,
      Like BarrieB Below suggests try to use VPN or use Opera browser wth its built in browser. Seems to work for others,
      FYI not all links will be Zippy going forward, but I have a lot in zippy at the moment.


  3. Use a VPN or Opera browser which has one.

  4. What a wondertful and different comp!
    Thanks for the efford!

  5. Hi Il Commendatore
    You know I like to surprise.
    Hope you enjoy this compilation.


  6. Thanks for this BB. Throat singing seems to be having a bit of a 'moment' right now. Have you heard The Hu or Heilung? I'd highly recommend either, especially Heilung, who've come up with a form of music that they call Amplified History. Utterly unique. Check out their Lifa show on Youtube and be amazed both by the music and the fact that show was their first ever gig!

    1. Hi Smuj.
      There is a wonderful resonance to the sound that is not only ancient but fresh to my ears. I have heard the groups you mention. Very stimulating.
      I hope you find more great sounds here on the blog


  7. BB - Thanks for this great set.
    Enjoying it alot, and Thanks for sharing = Cheers!

  8. check out PAUL PENA - Genghis Blues
    paul pena was an american blind bluesman who got into throat singing and spent time in mongolia to study whith real throat singers

    1. Hi quatemhe,
      I have a few Paul Pena Albums. Excellent.
      Thanks for the information. I'm going to look closer.


  9. you dont find tuva throat singing very often-but zippyfiles dont work where im from-maby an alternate?
    Thankx for all the music

    1. Hi Salvon,
      I have added a additional new link in Krakenfiles.


  10. Hi. I just discover your very nice blog. Unhappily this throat singing compilation download kraken page is offline. I hope you will find time to re-upload it. Thank you

    1. Hi Macambo.
      Glad to hear you are enjoying yourself looking around the blog.
      New links established, tested and working.