From Brisbane, Australia, beatbox extraordinaire Tom Thum usually plies his trade in clubs and seedy bars but made an appearance at a TEDx talk in Sydney recently. From the sounds of the didgeridoo to the tabla and thumping techno music, Thum takes the audience on a journey across the continents and throughout sound itself. It’s a wonderfully vocal trip. Check it out below.
It’s over 1 million! YouTube views that is. Canadian musician Mike Tompkins has directed and edited a cover of Adele’s Rolling in the Deep where he not only sang the song but manufactured the sounds of the different instruments using only his mouth. Watch Tompkins and his animated facial expressions in his a capella, beatbox version below.
I’m a card-carrying member of the “Beards are Awesome” association. That man, Matisyahu, has one too, making him awesome by association. But so much more than that is his music. A friend mentioned him a long time ago, but I forgot. Then I saw him on the Jonathan Ross show, but I forgot. It was only today that Matisyahu popped into the sieve that is my brain and lightened my mood, so I thought I’d post it lest it escapes me again.
Taken from his 2009 studio album, Light, here is the beautiful message that is One Day.
And here is an acoustic version of the song where the bearded wonder does some cool beatboxing.
Our good friend and all-together awesome dude Martin sprung for the tickets, so last night Lucy Furr and I had the pleasure of attending the Nando’s Comedy Festival at the Baxter Theatre.
There was a fantastic lineup including international acts like Angelo “sperm-sack” Tsarouchas, the Russian Jew (and part-time stripper) Kira Soltonavich, the always-detained Ahmed Ahmed, SNL-featured comedian Dean Edwards, and UK comedian, Simon Clayton, who missed his ride on the blow job boat. The local talent on the night was the hilarious Loyiso Gola and the incomparable Kagiso Lediga (I shook his hand, they are very soft). Here’s a clip of the opening night of the comedy festival.
As great as the comedy was, I completely awed by a 19-year old white boy, who nonchalantly started the show by doing a rudimentary equipment check and then launched into the most fantastic beatbox. George Avakian (aka Georgeous the Beatboxer) is completely self-taught, and is a total party starter. Check out a small clip of George doing this thing.
Monday is general malaise day for me. In between pretending to work and going out for lots of ciggies, it sometimes proves difficult to find anything interesting to post up on the blog. Thankfully someone else is on the ball, and PS3ZA member Dex, found this most awesome clip.
Nathan “Flutebox” Lee and Beardyman are two British men who take the art of beatboxing to a totally different level. This is a clip of their 18-minute performance at what seems to be the caferteria of the Google offices in London. Check it out.
Daichi is an impressive 18-year old beatboxer who might just be a serious contender to win an wild card entry into the Beatbox Battle comeption. As soon as he starts, you know his dude is something special. Check it out.
Incidentally, if anyone still remembers Prodigy, their fifth studio album Invaders Must Die is going to be released on February 23rd, 2009. The single, Invaders Must Die, from the forthcoming album is certainly not as hard-hitting as I was expecting. And it sounded like The Chemical Brothers.