As a new series, some of the TEDxLakeForestCollege team members will share one of their favorite TED Talks. First up: 'Beatbox Brilliance'
I decided to share this video because it is the TED talk I have watched multiple times over and over, and still always find myself as blown away as I was the first time I saw it.
Tom Thum, Beatboxer, showcases his skill with an amazing performance while explaining what he does. The term beatboxer is pretty well known, but you've probably never heard it done the way Thum does.
Australian native takes the audience on a journey around the world, showcasing the many different sounds and beats he can make, with just his mouth and a microphone. He makes sure that its clear no effects or background vocals are what they hear, making it that much more intriguing.
Lastly, he showcases a live drum machine, with all instruments being his own vocal creations. As a music producer myself, this part was the most captivating, as he manages to create a full song in less than 5 minutes, just using his voice. And if your a jazz fan, you're in luck, because Thum pulls off a beautiful trumpet sound mimicking that of what you would hear in a smokey blues bar. His ability to layer sounds both in real time and with the drum machine make his sound almost endless, showing that beatboxing is much more than the background music for someone to freestyle to. In fact, many artists today use beatboxing in their music, such as Justin Timberlake and Jon Bellion, both with commercial hits. I'd highly advise you to check out this TED Talk, and see what other interesting music talks TED's library has, because you never know what you'll find. Check out more from Thum here: