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Swedish Woman Shows Off Her Unique Vocal Talent

Feb 24, 2016

Here at Wimp, we always love to learn about art forms that are unfamiliar to us. There was this man, who turned a pile of logs into something spectacular, and this incredible artist, who showed what can be done with a tiny piece of glass. All over the world there are people out there doing incredible things, whose work deserves to be highlighted. 

One of those people is Jonna Jinton. She is a multi-talented artist, photographer, and writer who has been making many people in the world of art turn their heads recently. The reason is a vocal technique called “kulning.” Kulning isn’t new, but has existed for centuries as an ancient Swedish herding call. It’s an unusual sound, and when done right, it sounds like nothing you’ve ever heard before. 

Jonna recently showed off her abilities in the most majestic way possible, by performing on a snow covered mountain in the tiny Swedish city of Grundtjarn. She moved to the small town from Gothenburg, one of the largest cities in Sweden. In Jonna’s own words, she did so to get “away from traffic, shopping mall and noise, and away from the crowded city parks, the real forests and gravel roads."

At only 21 years old, Jonna has a musical talent far beyond her years. Kulning is a very difficult vocal technique to master, so for someone so young to perform this well is truly remarkable. The Internet seems to agree, as her short video has been viewed over 2 million times by people from all over the world. If you want to try kulning for yourself, go ahead, just make sure to warn your neighbors first. 

 
Kulning - Ancient Swedish high-pitch vocal technique

Kulning is the word for the ancient Swedish herding call, that has its roots in the nordic medieval age. Because of its special high-pitched sound it was used to communicate with animals and creature through very far distances. Ever since I was a child i have felt something magical and enchanting about this sound. It really touches me in a way I can't explain. So the last months I have practiced this vocal technique to learn it myself. So this is a short example of me doing "kulning" :)

Posted by Jonna Jinton on Friday, February 12, 2016

H/T: Jonna Jinton

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