Beatboxer Tom Thum takes us on an exotic trip to a Middle Eastern desert oasis with this transportive 1-minute performance. We’re also thinking it would be a great tune for a snake charmer. Tom said he was having trouble making his whistle sound, but he still impressed the hell out of us.
Beatboxer Tom Thum shows off his versatility by using his throat, mouth, and a digital looper to create a synthwave track that would be right at home in a 1980s science fiction flick. He might look goofy as he makes noises, but he sure sounds good. They should hire Tom to do music for season five of Stranger Things.
Musician Dan Murphy of Irish folk band Hermitage Green has made a name for himself with his ability to beatbox and play the harmonica at the same time. In this clip, he managed to switch between four different harmonicas in order to play notes across more octaves.
French musician MB14 shows off his impressive mix of beatboxing, live-looping, and singing skills with a creative solo cover of the LSD (Labrinth, Sia, and Diplo) track Genius. He tosses in a bit of whistling and an operatic falsetto for bonus points. Despite the pause, the song is far from over at 1:45.
When you sing a song, there are usually lyrics written down somewhere. But we never thought that way about beatboxing until now. Vocal master verbalese takes notes on the mouth sounds he makes to help explain his process, and to document his tunes so they can be replicated. More beatboxing lyrics here and here.
Polyphia’s prog rock track 40oz has a has a downright insane lead guitar part. In this amazing cover version of the track, Cy Leo takes over lead duties on his harmonica, while Tsui Jack provides the beatbox rhythm, and Danny Yau sends his fingers flying on guitar. Combined, they sound like a human chiptune machine.
In February 2020, 13-year-old Joshua Inda stopped showing off his incredible beatboxing skills while shopping in a department store in Manila in the Philippines. The talented kid shows off a variety of techniques in a medley that shifts rapidly between rhythms and vocals.
For their series Easy to Complex, WIRED invited 2005 Female World Beatbox Champion Butterscotch to explain how a beatbox performance comes together. She starts out with the basic bass drum, then builds up thicker beats, eventually mixing in singing and vocal instrumentation. And don’t forget your Boots and Cats.
While Marvel’s theme music has missed the mark lately, there are still classic themes for heroes like Spider-Man and Batman. Listen up as Tom Thum gives these tunes the beatbox treatment. Sure, Knight Rider and Ghostbusters aren’t quite superheroes, but Tom is still super.
If you thought the expressions beatboxers make while producing sounds were weird, wait till you get a load of this. Tom Thum allowed a doctor to place an endoscopic camera with a view of his throat while he beatboxed. The video is equal parts fascinating and disgusting.