American singer Tim Storms holds the Guinness Records for the “lowest man-made note in the world” and for the “widest vocal range”.
Tim Storms always had a pretty deep voice. He was eight years old when he heard this Christian acapella group and found that he could sing the bass notes right away. But he never thought that his voice would ever be the deepest ever measured, allowing him to hit notes that were lower than the frequency a human ear can detect. Storms himself says he can’t hear the G-7 notes he can hit, but claims he somehow feels it, and the special equipment that tests his deep voice has confirmed that he is indeed can reach inaudible frequencies.
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“I hear them in my head for the sound that my vocal cords are making, but for the frequencies, it’s something I more or less feel,” said Tim Storm.
Storms was a bass (basso profondo) for a long time, but he didn’t learn he was anything special than other basses until after meeting an ear, nose and throat specialist at a concert. He told the singer that his vocal cords were about twice as long as normal and that the arytenoid muscles around his chords had much more movement than would be considered normal.
In 2012, Tim Storms was recognized by Guinness Records as the lowest voice in the world after hitting notes as low as G-7 (0.189 Hz), a whopping eight octaves below the piano’s lowest G.
“They use a frequency analyzer, or a vibration tester as some engineers call it,” Storms told NPR. “There’s a small microphone plugged in and you just sing into it. And it has to be in a controlled studio environment to be free from outside frequency interruptions. But you just sing into the little microphone and it picks up every frequency you give and tells you exactly how loud you sing each frequency. “
Interestingly, while Tim says his voice was never really deepened in his teenage years, it gets deeper and deeper as he ages, so he may eventually break his own record. Think of Storms as the opposite of Xiao Lung Wang, the current record holder for the highest pitch.
What does it mean for Tim Storms to have the deepest voice in the world? Aside from his fame and successful singing career, his ability to achieve incredibly low notes has made him very popular in the voice-over business as Hollywood studios are always on the lookout for incredibly quiet voices to add a little more drama to to movie trailers.