The man who holds the record for the world’s lowest voice can hit notes so low that only animals as massive as elephants are able to hear them.
U.S. singer Tim Storms can reach notes as low as G-7 (0.189Hz). That’s a remarkable 8 octaves below the lowest G on a piano. So low, in fact, that even Storms himself cannot hear it.
‘I can feel them though,’ he told CNN. ‘I kind of hear them in my head as far as the sound my vocal chords are making but, as far as the frequencies, it’s something more or less that I feel.’
As well as holding the record for the lowest note produced by a human, Storms also has the widest vocal range, with the incredible ability to hit notes across ten octaves.
And he is threatening to break his own record there: his latest record for the lowest note, set in March, puts his range, unofficially, at 12 octaves, although that is yet to to certified by Guinness World Records.
Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and raised in Waterloo, Indiana, Storms’s musical affinity appeared at a young age. Just four days after graduating from high school he began his career in Christian music and has since appeared in a number of singing groups.
It was after chance meeting with an ear, nose and throat specialist at one concert that Storms learned the biology behind his record breaking voice.
‘He said that my vocal chords were about twice as long as normal – than he’s used to seeing anyway – and the arytenoid muscles around my vocal chords, they had a lot more movement to them,’ Storms recalled.
Storms’s incredible voice has propelled him to stardom, with accolades and awards accompanying an international singing career.
Record breaker: Storms can reach notes as low as G-7 (0.189Hz). That’s a remarkable 8 octaves below the lowest G on a piano
Recently he was picked out by an international talent search for a ground breaking choral piece dubbed Tranquillity, which called for a singer to hit a low E, almost unprecedented even in classical music.
His voice has also made him hot property in the Hollywood voice over business, where executives eagerly track down his basso rumblings to add drama to film trailers.
Storms has held the record for the lowest voice for over ten years now, and he may well be on his way to breaking his record yet again. ‘I just keep getting lower the older I get,’ he told CNN.