The Rainbow Colours of Music

Sound samples in MP3:
Light 258 kB 23 sec  Shruti box, Overtone singing
Water 352 kB 43 sec  Kalimba
Earth 298 kB 38 sec  Didgeridoo, Sticks
Air 337 kB 43 sec  Didgeridoo
Baer 337 kB 34 sec Shruti box, Overtone singing
Iron 1470 kB 190 sec  Mouth Harp, Jews Harp

These six samples are from the CD "Die Regenbogenfarben der Musik". Order by Email

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Overtone music - Concert with Herby Wagner, 90 minutes, short break

-Overtones: The rainbow colours of music 

-Overtone music is ancient, it goes back to the origins of mankind and is based

  on natural scales.
- Herbert Wagner started his musical training by studying the saxophone and

  African drumming. For the last years he has been exploring various music

  cultures which are based on overtones. 

- His compositions have modal character and build up on the base tone and the

  overtones of the respective instrument. 

- Just as a rainbow shows the colours of the spectrum making white light visible,

  the tones separated from the base tone can be heard by using appropriate

  instruments and singing techniques. 

- The cooperation with musicians from a variety of cultures lead him to

  "Celtic Ritual Music" which he regards to be his cultural identity. 

- Music aims at relaxation and regeneration, which happens automatically if one
  condition is met: conscious concentration on the music and engagement with it.
  In this natural form of meditation listening becomes a very personal experience. 

- Herbert Wagner plays instruments which have been used in different parts of the

  world since the beginnings of ritual, spiritual and religious music.

- With the Australian didgeridoo, a carved out eucalyptus branch, dream time

  becomes reality. The didgeridoo is played with the circular breathing technique

  which enables the musician to generate a tone which continues for minutes. This

  can be achieved by exhaling constantly.
- Tibetan singing bowls, made from a mixture of up to seven different metals, produce

  a range of tones. Their overtones we hear by using different playing techniques.

- On the Slavic fujara flute with its three finger holes a range of multiple natural

  scales can be played.
- When playing the Jews harp/Mouth harp or in overtone singing the overtones

  are produced by modulation through the oral cavity.