Because why not, a group of linguists and audio engineers at the University of Southern California put a 27-year-old MC in an MRI and watched him beatboxing. It explains some of the physiological mechanisms enabling beatboxers to sound like snare drums, bass lines and squeaking records, just by using their voices.
USC researchers Michael Proctor, Shrikanth Narayanan and Krishna Nayak wanted to document the range of sound effects a beatboxer produces, and examine the way performers use their vocal cords to change air flow and sound patterns. They made 40 recordings with the beatboxer, who has been an MC in a rap duo since 1995 and is a native English speaker with Spanish fluency. The subject was asked to demonstrate his skills while the team recorded him with a real-time MRI scanner, developed specifically for studying speech.
You can credit Doug E. Fresh and Darren Robinson with the genesis of beatboxing, and Biz Markie and Rahzel with even more advanced sounds that mimic percussion while also singing.
Studying this L.A.-based beatboxer, the team noted 15 different phonetically distinct sound effects, like "snare clap," "hi-hat" and "kick drum." The sounds used by beatboxers mimic those found throughout the world's languages, according to Inside Science News Service, which first reported the research. Some of the sharp percussive sounds were similar to the clicks found in African languages Khoekhoe, from Botswana, and Xhosa, from South Africa. Some of the "ejective consonants," formed by closing the vocal cords, are found in Nuxálk, an indigenous language from British Columbia.
But beatboxing is a highly individualized art form, so the researchers say further study with different beatboxers would help them better understand the muscles involved. The research will appear in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.
The next article will be about arm pit sounds and leg slapping, lol.
while robot is either privileged, racist, or caste-ist and has no respect for hip hop, i do. beatboxing is an art form. yet, while i applaud any hip hop studies, i don't see much use in this. what it is, is people who can't beatbox or make music who desperately wanna be down, or understand what they have no "soul" to feel. not soul in the xtian sense, in the black sense.
good job studying hip hop! but if u really wanna study it, do it, be it.
lil wayne and 2 bandz are not hip hop btw, look into krs-one or immortal technique.
Can I simply not be impressed with something, without being label evil.
You refered to me as privileged. I guess you calling me snobby. You call me racist, a hate word.
I am not sure of your spelling caste-ist, but I guess you mean t as another type of discriminatory\hate word.
This name calling attitude of yours is anger and manipulative.
unstoppability, can't a person simply not like something?
Yes it is ok for people to have preferences!
Take care. ;)
Oh my first comment to this article was not for the type of music, but a referemce of waste of time I thought to make science of it.
Perhaps others might thing it was money well spent.
And for my opinion of this type of music, I have made no comment in this article.
Take care. ;)
unstoppability will probably think I'm racist, too, but all of the MRI images at the top look the same to me.