The Tibetan bowl sound is known in Buddhist practice as a means of support for meditation.
When striking the bowl a certain warm bell high pitched tone is produces but when you apply friction to it with a wooden mallet the bowl produces overtones that spread across the room and the vibration is amazing. It is considered a standing bell and the sides and rim vibrate therefore producing a sound.
The Tibetan bowl (also known as a singing bowl) is a great aid in meditation, Yoga, and sound healing. It is relaxing and can induce a state of trance. The origin of the bowls is the Himalayan region where you can find them in many Buddhist cultures such as Korea, Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan and many more.
I have a friend who is into Buddhism and he agreed to lend me his bowl. I fell in love with both the striking tone and the friction tone. The overtones can pierce your ears if you continue rubbing the bowl.
Recording the Tibetan bowl sound
Recording was not so difficult, I turned on my microphone and set up my computer. The room was quite silent so I started experimenting until I got what I was looking for.
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