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Inuit Throat Singing: Track 5

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In many cultures, song is perhaps one of the most important traditions. What is extraordinary about the Inuit musical tradition is the way they create their songs - with notes originating from their throats. The song isn't interrupted even when a breath has to be taken. The 6 tracks in this album focus on Tanya Tagaq, who describes the amazing art of throat singing and how her heritage and culture, carried in her heart forever, has driven her to continue with this unique tradition. This material is drawn from The Open University course AA317, Words and music.

By: The iTunes U team (Programme and web teams)

  • Duration 20 mins
  • Updated Friday 26th March 2010
  • Introductory level
  • Posted under Music
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Track 5: The sounds of throat singing

Exploring the sounds in throat singing, and how they are made.


© The Open University 2009


Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 Inuit Throat Singing    A short introduction to this album. Play now Inuit Throat Singing
2 Tanya Tagaq – Throat Singing    The background to throat singing and an example song – husky slipping on ice Play now Tanya Tagaq – Throat Singing
3 Learning throat singing    How Play now Learning throat singing
4 Culture within Singing    What Tanya's singing means to her, and how her culture is encapsulated within it. Play now Culture within Singing
5 The sounds of throat singing    Exploring the sounds in throat singing, and how they are made. Play now The sounds of throat singing