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On April 25th the Tuvan throat singing band Huun Huur Tu performed at the First Congregational Church in Cambridge, MA. Having experienced this mesmerizing polytonal music in person for the first time the creator of TTTS, Deniz Aydemir, decided to learn Tuvan throat singing – essentially how to sing two notes at once. As a student of Berklee College of Music in Boston at the time he decided to consult the professors about Central Asian music and how to do throat singing while continuing his personal research. That same research led him to find out about language death because Tuvan happened to be an endangered one. Being the songwriter and multilingual he is, Deniz saw that there was a clear correlation between language death and his not being able find enough information regarding the throat singing technique. Lastly he thought of the following question that would later on impel him to travel for over a year in Asia with a camera in search for unique music; "What happens to the music after its language dies?"


Having landed on the perfect a name for the project Deniz Aydemir decided to launch a crowdfunding campaign. Firstly he sold his guitar, and bought a camera and audio recording equipment. During March he shot and edited the Kickstarter with Enver Perez. He flew to Almaty, Kazakhstan a couple of weeks after the launch, and the campaign ended successfully.

During the second half of the year Deniz traveled across Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia and Russia and filmed for more than a month in each country. He learned Kazakh and Tuvan, as well as throat singing and doshpuluur (Tuvan lute) along the way. 



Starting the year in Vietnam, Deniz spent the remaining months of filming for TTTS in the northernmost and southernmost prefectures of Japan in search for Ainu and Ryukyuan music. He also teamed up with the Turkish humanity magazine Magma Dergisi, and wrote front page articles about Okinawa and Japan on their April issues of two consecutive years (2016 & 2017).


Returning to Turkey with more than a year worth of videos, music and photos in hand, Deniz collaborated with video editor Suphi Uzun, and contemporary composer Uğurcan Öztekin to create the feature film 'The Elements'.


After a meeting in Sausalito, CA Manuel "Manoli" Tsingaris joins the team as a consultant.