Singer With World’s Deepest Voice Can Reach Notes the Human Ear Cannot Detect
Tim Storms holds the Guinness World Records for the “world’s lowest note produced by a human” and for the “widest vocal range”.
The American singer and songwriter has always had a uniquely deep voice. He was only 8 years of age when he heard a Christian acapella band and found that he could sing the bass notes along with them. But he never dreamed that his voice would turn out to be the deepest ever measured, hitting notes lower than frequencies the human ear can detect. Even Tim says he cannot hear his own G-7 notes but noted that he can sort of feel them, and the professional equipment used to test his special voice confirmed that he can in fact reach frequencies no human being can hear.
“I kind of hear them in my head as far as the sound my vocal chords are making but, as far as the frequencies, it’s something more or less that I feel,” the singer said.
Tim has been a basso profondo for quite a while, but he only learned of his deeper abilities after meeting an ear, nose, and throat specialist at a concert. The expert told Tim that his vocal chords were likey double the normal length and that the arytenoid muscles around his chords had much more movement than was considered normal.
Back in 2012, Tim Storms was acknowledged by the Guinness World Records for having the world’s deepest voice, reaching frequencies as low as G-7 (0.189Hz), a shocking 8 octaves below the lowest G on the piano.
“They use a frequency analyzer, or vibration tester, as some engineers call it,” Tim told NPR. “It has a little microphone hooked up to it, and you just sing into it. And it has to be in a controlled studio environment to be free from any outside frequency interruptions. But you just sing into the little microphone, and it picks up every frequency that you’re giving it and tells you exactly how loud you’re singing each frequency.”
Strangely enough, Tim says that his voice never actually deepened in his teens, but it is becoming deeper with age, so at some point in time he might even break his own record.
For On Demand News’ report on the amazing Tim Storms, please check out the video below.
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