Electronic music as we know it today has been on a longer journey than most people realise. The earliest drum machine, The Rhythmicon, was created by Leon Theremin in 1931. Sounds were generated by holding a combination of it’s 17 keys down with different combinations producing different sounds. It wasn’t until the early 80’s though that the drum machine began to inspire the art of beatboxing as we know it today.
With beat making, literally, at one’s fingertips with the creation of the Roland TR707, Roland TR808 and Roland TR909, among other portable drum machines music creators could play out their rhythms in a more intuitive fashion. Tapping a button could create the bass drum, hi hat or snare sound and the rhythms could be recorded in the generated sequence. This level of control over a rhythm and sound began to take shape in the form of vocal percussion, or beatboxing, where a beatboxer would often imitate the sounds of the drum machine.
What Sounds Can You Make When You Beatbox
Danny Ladwa, founder of School Of Beatbox, considers himself an old school beatboxer being an 80’s kid and having started beatboxing at the age of 11. In his early days of beatbox practice he would discover new sounds that he could make with his voice all the time and be able to put them into different beat patterns. He believed that any sound he could hear, he could also imitate with his voice. Over 25 years on and he’s still discovering new sounds that he can make with his mouth. Beatboxers across the world today put the sounds of bass drums, hi hats, snares, drum fills, sub bass, violins, guitars, helicopters, aeroplanes, motorbikes, machinery and synthesisers into awesome routines.
School Of Beatbox is Danny’s vehicle for teaching people the art of human beatboxing. He has combined his passion for teaching and his love for beatboxing into some amazing packages and learning options. People can choose between private 1:1 lessons, workshops and complete online beatboxing courses.
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