Beatboxing how it works in the brain

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Beatboxing how it works in the brain


As I was surfing through the internet a viral video had caught my attention At the time it had roughly one million views and thus sparked my interest so I watched it In this video a fairly large man began to move his lips and multiple sounds came out He starts out slowly by setting a bass foundation and eventually adds a rhythmic part to the foundation To the rhythm and foundation he then adds a melody Within the first 15 seconds I recognize that he is indeed playing Bille Jean by Michael Jackson and it caught 100 percent of my attention This man made me wonder how a human could possibly play 3 different parts of a song and how was he able to accomplish this feat Now what was he doing in this video exactly This man was beatboxing Beatboxing is the art of producing drum beats rhythm and musical sounds using ones mouth lips tongue voice nasal passage and throati Thus this video had caused me to further examine beatboxing and try to answer the question how is this man able to play multiple different parts when the only source is him To attempt to even answer this question this paper will first give a brief history on beatboxing to give the reader a basic understanding on the concept of beatboxing before exploring how this type of music interacts with the brain The video clip will then be analyzed to form a conclusion based on the analysis

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History of Beatboxing

Prehistory of Beatboxing

The root of beatboxing is vocal percussion and it has been a part of human history for hundreds of years and can be traced back to Africa As part of African ritualistic music vocal percussion patterns such as hup hup hup hup and Ch Ka Ch Ch were used to help performers become induced into a trance like state in addition to using clapping and stamping to maintain rhythm Then during the 17th Century when African slaves were taken to plantations African music was blended with European folk and brass band music becoming jazz and blues These black slaves were generally poor and usually couldnt afford musical instruments and so improvised with their bodies and voices to create music

Claps and clicks became the drums and low hums because the double bass the two back bones of blues and jazz music One would hum one would clap stick and hit things as the drums and one would sing This would eventually evolve into imitating many sounds such as the shhchh of a soft snare and the tssa of the hihat being played with brushes Blues groups found a way to make their music with nothing but their voicesImmediately this form of vocal percussion became a staple of urban culture that is culture of the streetii

Old Skool The Beginning of Beatboxing

Beatboxing like graffiti seems to have begun as an urban art form It appears with the beginning of hiphop which gets its start from DJs spinning records while MCs are rapping MCs could also be seen rapping over drum machine also known as the beat box beats Since these drum machines couldnt have been purchased in the ghettos aka poor urban cities people began trying to imitate these drum machines with their mouths and thus became human beatboxers

New School Beatboxing As We Know It Now

During the 1990s a new type of beatboxer appeared that developed new sounds and techniques A great example of this is a beatboxer from 1999 called Rahzel who used a method called auditory illusion to make listeners believe that he is indeed singing and beatboxing at the same time The beatboxing song that Rahzel first revealed this new sound and technique with was If Your Mother Only Knew which was reconfigured from Aaliyahs 1997 song If Your Girl Knew

How Does Beatboxing Work in The Brain

Auditory Continuity Illusion

Audio continuity affects whether a frequency component is thought of as being continuous in time or if a frequency component contains gaps Our brains can perceive a song as being continuous even if it is not Auditory continuity works by fill

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