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?