360° Coverage : Hear it loud! Beatboxing good for throat

1 Updates

Hear it loud! Beatboxing good for throat

Dec 23 2013, 11:32pm CST | by

New York, Dec 24 (IANS) And you thought daily beatboxing practice with high-octane percussive sounds would ruin your kid's voice?

New York, Dec 24 — And you thought daily beatboxing practice with high-octane percussive sounds would ruin your kid's voice? Not really. If we believe H. Steven Sims of University of Illinois in...

Filed under: news

YouTube Videos

 
 
 

43 weeks ago

Hear it loud! Beatboxing good for throat

Dec 23 2013, 11:32pm CST | by

New York, Dec 24 (IANS) And you thought daily beatboxing practice with high-octane percussive sounds would ruin your kid's voice?

New York, Dec 24 — And you thought daily beatboxing practice with high-octane percussive sounds would ruin your kid's voice?

Not really. If we believe H. Steven Sims of University of Illinois in Chicago, beatboxing may actually be gentler on vocal cords - even softer than singing itself!

Beatboxing (also beatbox) is a form of vocal percussion primarily involving the art of producing drum beats, rhythm, and musical sounds using one's mouth, lips, tongue and voice.

"Little is known about the structures involved in beatboxing and if it poses a risk of injury to the vocal tract," said Sims, associate professor of otolaryngology.

To achieve positive results, Sims imaged the vocal tracts of four male beatbox artists. He also recorded artists as they performed various isolated and combination beatbox sounds.

Sims found that beatboxers use the whole vocal tract to produce a range of sounds, spreading the energy among several structures and minimizing wear on any single part.

"Keeping the glottis -- space between the vocal cords -- open means that beatboxing may actually be protective of the vocal folds," he added.

The whole vocal tract was used when beatboxers made beats -- spreading the energy around that kept them safe from developing scar tissue that are usually developed in singers who strain their vocal cords.

In fact, some of the techniques that beatboxers use could help singers relieve stress on their vocal cords. For instance, using muscles to elongate the vocal tract could help singers get themselves a little closer to that high note, before engaging the vocal folds, said the study.

Next on Sims' agenda is to study female beatboxers as women use their voices differently as their larynxes are smaller and shaped differently than men's, said the study.

The findings of the study were published in the latest edition of the Journal of Voice.

IANS

Source: IANS

 

Don't miss ...

 

<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/27" rel="author">IANS</a>
The Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) was established in 1986, initially to serve as an information bridge between India and its thriving diaspora in North America. Today it is a full-fledged, 24 by 7 agencies putting out the real-time news from India, South Asia and news of interest to this region around the world.

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Apple’s New SIM Card Is Great For Travelers
Apple’s New SIM Card Is Great For Travelers
The latest iPad comes with SIM cards perfect for people on the go
 
 
Tim Cook Met With Chinese Officials On Privacy
Tim Cook Met With Chinese Officials On Privacy
The Chinese government has taken an interest in Apple’s security and privacy
 
 
Why Is Apple Pay The Most Secure Option Available?
Why Is Apple Pay The Most Secure Option Available?
Is Apple Pay really worth the hype?
 
 
Apple Planning to Open 25 New Stores in China within Two Years
Apple Planning to Open 25 New Stores in China within Two Years
Tim Cook reveals that Apple is thinking to build 25 additional stores in the massive Chinese market
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

Second MERS case reported in Qatar
Doha, Oct 23 (IANS) A 43-year-old man in Qatar has tested positive for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in the second confirmed case of the deadly virus in 10 days, media reported Thursday. The patient had...
Read more on Business Balla
 
Two people die in Pakistan bomb blast
Islamabad, Oct 23 (IANS) At least two people were killed and 12 others injured in an explosion that took place in Pakistan's Balochistan province Thursday, media reported. The bomb was planted on a motorcycle, Dawn...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Trott extends contract with Warwickshire till 2017
London, Oct 23 (IANS) England batsman Jonathan Trott, whose mental issues led to his abrupt departure from last winter's Ashes tour, has confirmed his successful comeback to competitive cricket by signing a new three-...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Srikanth, Kashyap big movers in BWF rankings
Kuala Lumpur, Oct 23 (IANS) Indian men shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth and Parupalli Kashyap jumped seven places each in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings released Thursday while Olympic bronze medallist...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Alvin Stardust dead
London, Oct 23 (IANS) English singer Alvin Stardust died after a short illness. He was 72. Stardust's manager confirmed the news about his demise Thursday, reports mirror.co.uk. He was recently diagnosed with...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Indian man reunited with family after 40 years
Dubai, Oct 23 (IANS) An Indian man, who had disappeared from his hometown in Kerala nearly 40 years ago, has been found by his family at a hospital in Dubai in the UAE, a newspaper report said. Now in his 60s, Abdulla...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Srikanth, Kashyap, Saina rise in world rankings
Kala Lumpur, Oct 23 (IANS) Indian men shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth and Parupalli Kashyap jumped seven places each in the latest released Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings Thursday while Olympic bronze medallist...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Flintoff signs for Big Bash side Brisbane Heat
Brisbane, Oct 23 (IANS) Former England captain and all-rounder Andrew Flintoff, who retired from international cricket in 2009, Wednesday confirmed that he will play for Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League (BBL) this...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
OPEC daily basket price falls again
Vienna, Oct 23 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) closed at $81.94 a barrel Wednesday compared to $82.09 Tuesday, the OPEC Secretariat said. The new OPEC...
Read more on Business Balla
 
Lopez to sign multi-million dollar deal?
Los Angeles, Oct 23 (IANS) Singer-actress Jennifer Lopez is reportedly in the final stages of securing a multi-million dollar deal to perform in Las Vegas. The 45-year-old is being offered $350,000 per show at The...
Read more on Celebrity Balla