The Highs And Lows Of Tuvan Throat Singing

The Tuvan throat-singing band Alash Ensemble has toured the world demonstrating both their cultural heritage as well as their vocal mastery. Their incredible ability to sing low and high notes simultaneously has inspired wonder and a deep appreciation for their craft. But how they achieve these otherworldly sounds hasn’t been extensively explored. With the help of speech pathologist Aaron Johnson, we’ll look inside the human vocal tract to see how these talented singers create their signature sounds.


Produced by Luke Groskin
Audio Recording by Alexa Lim

Music by Alash Ensemble

Additional Stills and Video by
Steve Sklar / Skysong Productions
NYU Langone Voice Center
The Chevy Chase Show , Fox Network

Special Thanks to Rachel Bouton!

Meet the Producer

About Luke Groskin

Luke Groskin is Science Friday’s video producer. He’s on a mission to make you love spiders and other odd creatures.