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Beat-Boxing and Science

Last updated on July 9th, 2020 at 02:11 pm

In this modern world of the music industry and passion, an entirely new trend of Beat-Boxing is on a swift rise. In recent years, beatboxing has evolved to a whole new level. From Beat-Box battles to independent Beat-Boxers on YouTube/on the streets, it is no more confined to a trend or talent, it is becoming a culture. At present, there are various communities promoting and evolving beatboxing all across the world.

The fact that beatboxing, a form of music that doesn’t require any expensive equipment or heavy investments, is one of the significant reasons for its fast growth. Anyone can try it and practice to excel in it.

What is Beat Boxing?

Totally avoiding the need to use any equipment, beatboxing involves vocal percussion systematically organized to form a harmony of drum machines. This skill requires the muscles of one’s mouth, lips, tongue, and vocal cords. Widely known as “the fifth element” of hip-hop, beatboxing is not limited to hip-hop music.

This video is about the basic syllables of beatboxing.

Source – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6-45rswo0o

How Does Beat Boxing Working?

A beat-box artist is said to have several times more control over their entire vocal and nasal cavity than an average human being.

Like every language has alphabets and syllables, beatboxing has its own too. Unlike any language, it is the accent that makes the difference in beatboxing as well. For Example, “Drum Kick (B)” and “Hi-Hat (T)” are two of the very basics of this.

Following are the components of the human organ system that make beatboxing possible for an individual.

  • Lung Capacity: A beatboxer needs to have enormous control over his throat and vocal cavity, accompanied by a very large lung capacity. Most importantly, a huge amount of energy is required to control the vocal cavity and make pressure variations in a rhythmic pattern. What is amazing about this, even swimmers and divers have huge lung capacity, does that imply they can beat-box? The answer will be NO. This is because lung capacity is one of the multiple requirements of this art.
  • Tongue: During beatboxing, the tongue acts as a flap to regulate the air percussions. It matters whether the tongue is flat forward or rolled up back or any other orientation, as every single variation produces a different sound.
  • Larynx: The Larynx is the generation house of sound. With practice, a beatboxer gains control over the larynx and even the tissues around it. This makes it possible to mimic any kind of sound. Since the larynx and nearby tissues are so much in their control that they can produce multiple sounds at the same time. This takes their talent to a whole new level.
  • Mouth/Lips: The mouth and lips play a very crucial role in delivering the sound out of the larynx. The variation in the opening of the lips leads to change in the vibration frequencies and amplitudes. However, you must have noticed how rapidly a beatboxer moves the lip while his performance.

What happens inside the mouth while Beat-Boxing?

Beat-Boxer Tom Thum out of curiosity visited renowned ENT doctor and Laryngeal surgeon Dr. Matthew Broadhurst, to find out how his larynx functions during beat-boxing compared to during his normal speech.

This is the video of Tom’s session with Dr. Broadhurst.

Source – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_t7M6v7BOY

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Abhijeet is a 4th-year Undergraduate Student at IIT Kharagpur. His major inclination is towards exploring the science behind the things of our day-to-day life.

Abhijeet Mahatohttp://scilynk.in
Abhijeet is a 4th-year Undergraduate Student at IIT Kharagpur. His major inclination is towards exploring the science behind the things of our day-to-day life.


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