Record breaking low E singer found for Paul Mealor work

GregJohnson June 7, 2012 2

Paul Mealor’s search for a record-breaking deep voice is over.

His record label, Universal Music, have hailed the unique vocal talents of Tim Storms, who was discovered during a worldwide search, for his ability to sing the extremely low E.

He was just one of 400 hopefuls to apply for the specialist bass role in Mealor’s new Russian orthodox setting of De Profundis.

Mr Storms’ low singing voice really came to the fore after he was asked to sing the work, which requires an E over two octaves below middle C.

A number of other applicants were able to achieve the note but Mr Storms distinguished himself with the ease with which he was able to hit it.

Storms is in fact capable of singing a full octave below the E note and is the official world record holder for the lowest note produced by a human and the world’s widest vocal range.

In the video below the record breaking singer produces a note so low that the human ear cannot actually hear it – an incredible frequency of just 8 Hz!

Universal Music’s efforts to find who had the lowest sing voice saw them call on performers to send in demo recordings and upload their vocals to their imaginatively named campaign site, howlowwillyougo.com.

Entries for the Bass Hunter search were then judged by album producer Anna Barry and the composer himself, Paul Mealor.

In February, Mealor explained why he was going to such lengths to find such an extraordinary vocal.

As we reported on the Musicroom blog at the time, the choral composer said: “My setting of De Profundis calls for a rich and powerful voice; a voice that can not only touch the heart with its sincerity and truth, but also make every fabric of the human body resonate as it plunges into the very lowest parts of the vocal spectrum.”

Mealor’s setting of De Profundis is scheduled for release on August 20th, and was recorded in St Petersburg with Storms and the St Petersburg Chamber Choir.

What do you think of Tim Storm’s record breaking voice? What other musical feats have impressed you recently?

Want to read more about incredible vocalists? Check out our Top 10 list of extreme vocals on the Musicroom blog.

  • http://garycatona.com Gary Catona

    It is amazing, not only that he can hit notes that low, but that it is a usable and singable part of his range. I look forward to hearing him once the track is recorded.

  • Fjeld

    I really detest Storms as a singer. He is very impressive, yes, but as a part of the gospel scene he has never really done anything I could enjoy, since I dislike gospel music. The search was for someone from the orthodox tradition, which made me hope we would see someone from the east emerge and be recognised.
    Keep in mind I am naturally very jealous as I myself got through to the second round of auditions. Tim Storms is a very capable and talented man. It does however disappoint me to have him involved in this, as I was hoping to see this emerge as a wonderful orthodox piece that could become my new favourite. Tim Storms and his image as a glittery gospel singer has kind of sullied this for me now.

    I do however love the St. Petersburg Chamber Choir, they are an excellent ensemble. And Tim Storms gets to sing with them? It’s like putting mustard on your ice cream. How will it ever work?