05 May 2009


Flutebox and Beardyman

[Cross-posted from Inside Home Recording (IHR).]

We've highlighted some fine beatboxers at IHR over the years, but these two (Flutebox and Beardyman, from the U.K.) are the best I've ever seen:

There's so little technology here (two mics, two voices, and a flute), such a performance could theoretically have happened 50 years ago, but no one would have thought of it. Eighteen minutes may seem awfully long for a web video, but I promise you'll be mesmerized. It's worth watching all the way through.

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Those two are indeed very good, but all I can say is that if you're just now discovering that video, and they're the best you've ever seen, then wow, you've got some enjoyable YouTube beatboxing surfing in your future.
I look forward to it -- I'm certainly no beatboxing expert. I think what impressed me about these two were the integration of the flute, the audience interaction, and the lack of any looping or audio effects (other than expert use of the mic's proximity behaviour).

Kid Beyond and others do cool stuff with software and loops, which is another approach. I love how the oldest instrument, the human voice, can still do new an interesting things.