Monday, 18 May 2009

Human Beat Box versus Auto Tune

The art of beat boxing seems to have got a much higher profile and recognition as an art form recently. Partly due to the higher profile of artists such as Rahzel, Kenny Muhammad,Matisyahu and Kila Kela not forgeting our personal favourite,Biz Markee.
Highly rated UK human beatbox,Shlomo , recently became a resident artist at the South Bank and performed classical music with a human beat box orchestra.

Rudey Beat Box

Now the purpose of this article is to showcase the talents of our own walking drum machine, Rudey Beat Box, who you may have checked out in our video section. (See video below of Rudey in the studio.

Rudey has that amazing ability to do do several simitaneous noise with his mouth and reproduce singing and beats at the same time. This ability is not new and decends from an ancient Indian tradition of 'talking drums' and immitation of percussion instruments. Make sure you check out his myspace page :

We recently relented and bought the vocoder like effect Antares Auto Tune, despite being already extreamly bored by the overuse of the technique by T-Pain, Lil'Wayne and the rest.
We think the trick with this effect is to use it in a minimal fashion and experiment with it. In that spirit we recently got Rudey to lay down some oral gymnastics in the studio and see what the results sounded like all auto tuned up! See what you think by selecting the recording (Track 18) on the reverbnation player on the sidebar. The recording has no other effects on it and was recorded in one take with no overdubs. Rudey will hopefully be doing a video tutorial on Beat Boxing on these pages soon, so check back.

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