I’m willing to take a punt that the majority of people with even a passing interest in hip hop have at some point, most likely when no one else is around, hunched their shoulders, lifted an imaginary mic to their mouths and had a crack at beatboxing.
Inspired as they might be by such racket-making luminaries as ex-Roots supremo Rahzel and Britain’s very own human noise box Beardyman, most mortals don’t get beyond spitting fart noises into their cupped hands.
Now, a multimedia studio in France has put together a website that not only recognises this generation of spluttering wannabes, but will very likely rob you of huge chunks of your life. I have lost entire mornings, and afternoons, and found myself up at 2am on a Tuesday plugged into this piece of addictive genius: www.incredibox.fr
The site is simple: drag effects, beats, melodies and voice samples on to a naked-from-the-waste-up avatar and watch the little fella get rendered in appropriate dress for the sample (jazzy suit-wearer, trackie-clad street urchin). As you create one character, so another pops up and within a minute or two you have a chorus of perfectly synced beatboxers belting out an immense tune. Trust me, whatever sequence of popping, crooning and whistling characters you assemble; it will sound brilliant; it will actually make you proud of yourself. You can record your sequence, and for completing some simple tasks (using all the effects for example), you’re treated to some animated music video-style cut scenes.
There’s no point trying to explain it any more than I have, you need to see and hear this for yourself, so strap your headphones on and prepare to have your working day absolutely ruined.
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