Human Beat-Box

Our study will also include a newly expanding contemporary singing style: the "human beat box", where the vocalist imitates percussive and drum instrument sounds. Beatboxing 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. It may also involve singing, vocal imitation of turntablism, and the simulation of horns, strings, and other musical instruments. Beatboxing today is connected with hip-hop culture, being one of "the elements", although it is not limited to hip-hop music. The term "beatboxing" is sometimes used to refer to vocal percussion in general (see vocal percussion for details).

The goal of this use case is fourfold:

  • Increase and enrich resources of different singing styles for various ICHs.
  • Develop innovative methodologies for multimodal voice and gesture analysis based on state-of-the-art sensors and data fusion techniques. The development of a light mobile hyper-helmet will be one of the major results of the project.
  • Produce knowledge about the investigated singing styles and the capacities of the human voice apparatus.
  • Develop new methods and interfaces to teach and learn selected singing techniques.


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