Our innate ability for human noise-making


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voice, charisma, playfulness.

 

Ever heard of beatboxing? According to Wikipedia “Beatboxing (also beatbox, beat box or b-box) is a form of vocal percussion primarily involving the art of producing drum beats, rhythm, and musical sounds using one’s mouth, lips, tongue, and voice. It may also involve singing, vocal imitation of turntablism, and the simulation of horns, strings, and other musical instruments.”

I came across a great TEDtalk the other day – although there was very little talk in it. Instead, I got to hear the Australian beatbox artist Tom Thum create cool beats, bizarre sound effects, funny voices, and instruments like the didgeridoo, sitar, trumpet and double bass.
It reminded me once again what a fantastic resource our voice is – if we can just can allow ourselves to be playful. If you are just a little bit like me, you won’t be able to stop yourself from trying out some of the sounds and beats as you watch the video here.

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