Beardyman – The Polyphonic Me

In this TED talk, Beardyman discusses approach to electronic beatboxing and looping:

Frustrated by not being able to sing two notes at the same time, musical inventor Beardyman built a machine to allow him to create loops and layers from just the sounds he makes with his voice. Given that he can effortlessly conjure the sound of everything from crying babies to buzzing flies, not to mention mimic pretty much any musical instrument imaginable, that’s a lot of different sounds. Sit back and let the wall of sound of this dazzling performance wash over you.

12 thoughts on “Beardyman – The Polyphonic Me

  1. Everything this guy does is downright otherworldly, so his mad talent is a given. Its easy to be wowed by the more boisterous pieces, but the cherry on it is how he moves from one locale to the next almost seamlessly in his more reflective moments. Those push the possibilities of, oh, call it Looping Plus. Getting complimentary beats lined up is clever, but shifting the entire environment on the fly like sound was your airbrush? Beautiful. That really sets the bar high.

  2. Anything that broadens people’s understanding or advances our culture in such a classy manner is exactly what TED is for. Its an oasis of humanity and FACTS in a sea of manufactured tragedy and triumph, both. Beardyman’s bit and Bernie Krause’s are perfect bookends. Both are the result of advanced technology and both end up being human in the best way, unfettered by debate over the means. The engaged crowd response defies much argument. If you can struggle through OS changes without going nuts and licking the baseboards in the den, then a little honest advertising for quality tools isn’t asking much.

  3. Nothing new here.. Everything shown was already possible with live… And now where he is using an ipad instead of physical controller the whole “watch him do”-part is totally lame cause you can’t really see what he is doing there… also I agree this was just a marketing campaign for sugarbytes…

  4. What’s impressive here to me is the performance and knowledge/control of the tech… not the tech itself. So props for that. I wonder how many boomers in the audience realize their kids are at home at that very moment doing the same type of stuff on their own computers and iPads?

    … and that being said, what ever happened to that guy from the Police Academy movies who did all the vocal sound effects? That dude would be a huge star today.

    1. @Xtopher: You’re talking about Michael Winslow. There’s a game in the app store for which he made all of the sound fx (it’s called ‘Wizard Ops’).

  5. Anyone here that haven’t done so already, please Google for his work (videos).
    Beardyman is a true muso and brilliant at what he does on any level.
    BTW; His setup consists of three iPads and MacBook. I wonder what apps he is using to create this magnificence..?

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