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    Beatboxing is connected with the art of creating beats, rhythms and melodies with the help of the human mouth. However, it can also include singing, vocal scratching, imitation work with turntables, sounds of wind instruments, strings and many others.

    Sound is energy. Depending on sound frequency, loudness, rhythm and harmony, a sound can affect a person positively or negatively. Properly selected sound vibrations can activate a person's reserves. With sound, physiological functions such as heart rate, heart rate, breathing, digestion can be coordinated. Sound also has a special effect on a person's mental state. Corinthians of ancient civilization - Pythagoras, Aristotle, Platon - knew about it and used the healing power of music. It, in their opinion, established a proportional order and harmony in the whole universe, including the disturbed harmony in the human body.

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    Since time immemorial, sounds have surrounded man. There was also no music, but there were birds singing, a stream murmuring, rustling of tails and rustling of leaves. All these sounds surrounded man and informed him about the surrounding space. Based on innate and acquired experience, man perceives sounds differently. For example, a high squeal was an alarm signal. At the same time there were soothing sounds - the noise of rain, the whistling of wind. ??Every living organism is programmed to maintain its own life and to continue its genus. The auditory system plays a major role in sustaining life. Hearing organs perceive sounds. All sounds have a certain mode, tempo, tonality. If a person catches them, they are perceived as music. If not, it's like noise. The differences between melody and noise are determined by both the characteristics of the sounds and the way a person perceives them. Sounds that we hear constantly (the noise of wind, the sound of falling water, the chirping of birds), for a believer - is an expression of divine perfection, for an unbeliever - it's just natural noises. And music is the art of harmonious and consonant combination of sounds, it is the beauty manifested in these combinations, their harmony, melody.

    Music helps human spiritual development, his perception of the outside world and enrichment of the imagination. Nowadays, music is not only a source of pleasure and entertainment, but also a work, a sphere of business interests. Everyone perceives different musical rhythms in his own way, reacts to them in different ways. Science is concerned with studying these features of sound perception.

    One area of biology - biomusicology - reveals how sounds affect a living organism. Many studies focus on the effects of music on a child's brain during pregnancy, after birth, during training, and in different states of mind. It is known that music has a universal, comprehensive language. And each culture has its own music. It helps people to live and promotes the continuation of childbirth.

    Professor Björn Merkur of the Institute of Biomusicology in Sweden defined the role of music as follows: "Music is an essential part of society's livelihood. It is also the voice of life. Many living organisms define their class and species, declare their existence through sounds. Please note that bird singing, animal voices, other natural sounds are echoed in the human soul". From the above, we can conclude that sounds of different frequencies have different effects on humans. Scientists have found that this is directly related to the rhythms of the brain. Receiving audio information through the organs of hearing, the brain analyzes it by comparing it with its rhythms. Each person's rhythms have their own rhythms. That's why, so different tastes to music. In old age, the functioning of processes in the brain slows down and people no longer perceive fast rhythmic music, preferring calmer and more measured compositions. And that's because the brain can't keep up with the rapidly changing information.

    The ringing of a bell or the rumbling of a demolition hammer - all sounds are transmitted through the air, creating an "acoustic pressure" that caresses or hits our eardrums. Each sound has its own frequency. We can't hear sounds that are too high or too low, but they are material.

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    American scientists at the Jet Propulsion lab in Pasadena discovered the phenomenon of "sound glow". By directing powerful ultrasounds into a glass vessel with water, they saw tiny bubbles form, emitting a bluish light. This phenomenon proves the reality of the physical impact of sounds on matter, not only audible, but also those that the human ear is unable to perceive.
    ? With each decade, music becomes faster and more aggressive. If earlier dance music was considered to be foxtrot and step, and then twist, then later there was disco and eurodance. A little later, electronic music became widely developed. This gave us new rhythms of 140, 150, 160 beats per minute or more. But we know that the human body is not designed to live in these rhythms all the time. For such progress we pay for serious failures in the central nervous system, sleep disorders, depression and increased irritability.

    Beatboxing is the art of creating and imitating rhythmic patterns (beats) and melodies using the vocal apparatus and articulations of the mouth organs. In this case, modern beatboxing technique includes many other areas as well. Beatboxing is most often used as an accompaniment in hip-hop compositions. Beatboxing is considered the fifth element in hip-hop culture.

    However, you should not take beatboxing as a so-called "parody" or "imitation" of music. Beatbox is gaining momentum around the world every day, so now beatbox is not an imitation of sounds, but a complete accompaniment of music. In a word, the beatbox is the creation of music with the help of voice box. With the help of beatbox you can not only make sounds that we hear, but also to invent completely different sounds.

    A voice device is one of the most powerful and versatile instruments in our body that can reproduce an incredible amount of different sounds, but quite often we improve it with the help of various technical devices such as a horn, megaphone and microphone that amplify the sound, or devices that broadcast your voice over long distances, such as a telephone and radio, or devices to filter the voice and change it, or artificial speech generation systems that help to reproduce the lost voice. It may even appear that we are in danger of losing our real, natural voice among this cacophony.

    Perhaps the reason we spend so much effort on improving and enhancing our voice is because the voice is a kind of sound portrait of a person. The word "personality" (persona in Latin) originally meant the mask behind which Greek and Roman actors hid their faces. However, there was always a mouth opening in the mask and a voice could be heard well through it. Also from the Latin noun persona comes the verb per-sonare, meaning "to sound through". In English, the same word the person at the end turns into the persona, a secondary character through which the voice can be projected. We express ourselves through our voices, these additions to our personality, but in the same way our personality is shaped and soaked by our voice. This duality is also reflected in the voice: we work on the voice and the voice works on us.

    Scientists together with a famous Russian Beatbox performer Jenya Kichigin conducted a detailed study of the vocal tract using a fibrooptic endoscope, which was carried out through the nasal cavity directly to the vocal apparatus. Another camera captured the artist during the performance of individual sounds and combinations. The video shows how the singer's vocal chords move during the performance.

    According to the scientist's observations, the Beatboxer uses its entire voice box, distributing energy to several places and thus reducing the pressure on each of them. BeatBoxer Jenya Kichigin also keeps a glottis - a laryngeal opening between the ligaments is mostly open when performing vocal percussion. An open laryngeal opening in singers usually better protects the voice machine.

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    Beatboxers also often used laryngeal muscles to stretch the vocal tract and produce sounds at high frequencies. This relaxes the vocal chords.

    This technique could well be used, for example, Broadway stars, sometimes giving eight performances a week, the researcher believes. If they learn the technique of stretching laryngeal muscles when performing high notes, it will relieve tension from the vocal chords and avoid dangerous damage.

    The human voice has long been used to create percussion effects in many cultures, including North American stingray singing, Celtic singing ,
    Chinese koji performances. In South Indian classical music, Konnakol is a rhythmic solkattoo percussion speech. In contemporary pop music, the relatively young vocal form of beatboxing is an element of hip-hop culture.?


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    My first experience with vocal percussion/beatboxing was this John Mayall tune. Then I heard jug players, which is a form of beatboxing. Next I recalled hearing flautists that added percussion to their playing, Ian Anderson, Jeremy Steig, come to mind. Bobby McFerrin certainly knew how to lay down a groove with his voice and chest beating. I've also heard some very rhythmic Didgeridoo playing. I'll be the first to admit voice added percussion/rhythm it is an old and valid musical skill.

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    A very interesting first post. Looking forward to more.