06 Junio 2017 15:07
Tom Thum has observed how his larynx changes when he beatboxes.
Speaking, shouting, singing... even simply breathing through your mouth produces incredible changes in our body. If your voice is the tool of your trade – as it is for singers or beatbox performers – your vocal chords should be treated with great care.
Australian musician Tom Thum has gone one step further. With the aid of a camera introduced through his nose by Dr Matthew Broadhurst at the Queensland Voice Centre, Thum has observed how his larynx changes when he beatboxes. The result can be seen in this video posted by Thum to his YouTube channel.
Thum can create some amazingly strange sounds with his mouth, but visually his vocal gymnastics are possibly even weirder: simultaneously extraordinary and gruesome to witness.
Although Thum's voice box is more highly trained than that of a normal person, the working of his larynx is really not so different from that of the rest of us mortals. Thum's intention in visiting the Queensland Voice Centre was 'to find out how his larynx functioned when beatboxing compared to how it functions normally with speech, and whether or not there were any abnormalities in my laryngeal anatomy.'
'I never thought that the structures that have given me the power of speech and sound for all these years would look like something resembling the Predator's vagina,' Thum commented beneath the YouTube video.
Broadhurst added that 'There are a huge variety of ways to create these sounds'. All the tissues vibrate when we talk, shout, sing and even breathe through our mouths. One more reminder of how deeply weird the human body is when seen from the inside.