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Monday, December 14, 2009

௫ BEATBOXING

Beatboxing is a natural 'noise' without the cables linking to machines where it's some sort of vocal percussion mimicking sound of drum beats, rhythm, and musical sounds by what nature has given us, our mouth, lips, tongue, voice, and more. Beatboxing seems to be connected to the popularity of hip hop in the 1980s and has been an in-thing with the new generation albeit it has been in existence for quite a long time.



Vocal imitation of percussion sounds has existed for a very long time. One tradition is thought to have originated in India several thousand years ago: the tradition of bol, and the Chinese developed Kouji, a type of vocal performing arts. These had little or no relation with hip hop, however, and have no direct connection to modern Eastern Hip Hop. Some African traditions use performers' bodies (clapping, stomping) to make musical sounds to maintain a steady musical pace. They made sounds using their mouths by loudly breathing in and out, which is done in beatboxing today. An American style called eefing first emerged in rural Tennessee near the beginning of the 20th century. The term "beatboxing" is derived from the mimicry of the first generation of drum machines, then known as beatboxes. 





Recently, a 2009 beatboxing world championship took place where over 52 beatboxers and many female beatboxers competed for the title. The female British winner Bellatrix, and the male Swiss winner, ZeDe, are now the holders of the largest beatboxing title. Michael Jackson is also a well known beatboxer in songs like 'Cry' and 'Who is it', which throughout the songs he uses his natural voice to beatbox. [wikipedia]








2x UK beatbox champion, Beardyman chats to Ray Shah at oxygen 2008, and gives us a sample of what he does best!


Guess you have had great fun with your very first experience in beatboxing watching the 7 Steps video #4, hope you did not wet your monitor screen too much with your saliva eh! Good try!

9 muzika comments:

foongpc said...

Thanks for this detailed info about beatboxing! : )

foongpc said...

I was only exposed to beatboxing when watching American Idol show when one of the contestants did beatboxing in his performance. It's amazing what the human voice can do!

CheaHS@n said...

foongpc, thanks something not new but we have only just discovered in this region. Phew they are simply awesome.

Mei Teng said...

Beatboxing adds creativity to a musical performance. But then again it depends on the musical arrangement. It can be overdone...or sound irritating too.

Mei Teng said...

One particular American Idol contestant was famous for his beatboxing. Can't remember his name now. A blond haired guy.

CheaHS@n said...

Mei Teng ~ could be boring as most of them have the same style and 'noise' if my dad sees them on TV sure to grumble maybe change channel, haha.

CheaHS@n said...

Mei Teng ~ sorry not aware of the blond haired guy too many series and seasons.

Pete said...

Now lets see Mohd Ali...do the beat

Pete said...

Now lets see Mohd Ali...do the beat