What happens in your throat when you beatbox? | Tom Thum & Dr Matthew Broadhurst | TEDxSydney
What happens in your throat when you beatbox

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Beatboxer Tom Thum has a symphony in his throat, but how does he make those sounds? Armed with a microphone and camera, get up close and personal as we peer down the back of Tom Thum's throat. In this eye opening, somewhat stomach turning and frequently hilarious talk and performance, Tom Thum is joined on stage by Ear Nose & Throat Surgeon, Dr Matthew Broadhurst as they reveal what happens behind the scenes. It's wet, it's gooey, it's strange, it's amazing and possibly the first time anything like this has been attempted on stage. Beat Boxer Tom Thum appears to have not only a symphony orchestra but also a jazz band, techno DJ, 80’s synth-pop group and collection of exotic world instruments residing somewhere in his throat. Recognised worldwide for his obscure talent to manipulate his vocal chords, Tom confirms to his audience that there is no sound he can’t mimic. Propelled to Internet stardom with his 2013 TEDxSydney performance, which quickly became the highest viewed TEDx video of all time, Tom can now be seen alongside composer Gordon Hamilton, performing his own world's first, original beatbox symphony, 'Thum Prints’. Dr Matthew Broadhurst is an Ear, Nose and Throat surgeon based in Brisbane, Australia with a special interest in caring for the professional voice patient. He completed an additional two years of specialty training and advanced techniques in laryngeal surgery and voice restoration at Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, USA under the guidance of world renowned and innovative laryngeal surgeon Professor Steven Zeitels. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx


Algas Marinas : Damn, us humans look like aliens inside of us

1 Colorful cow : Me: I need to go to sleep My brain: how bout we watch a beatboxers troaot

Kishur offixial : I'm amazed n disgusted at the same time

Patrick Hector : 11:56 just looks like there's an alien parasite raving in his throat

Mr. Potter : 2:45 OHHHH MY.... *FBI OPEN UP!*

Superstar2749 : 10:48 reminds me of the spongebob episode where he raves w/ the jellyfish😂😂😂

Terri : His vocals cords look like their dancing when he beatboxes.

Uh the III : Me, nearly vomiting: *That's really cool duuuuude!*

SpiralY : I have one thing to say Ew but woah

What's my name? : I regret this video, but it was awesome. I need to vomit now bye

IFeelGood : 1989 we will have flying cars in the feature 2019: yes

Gabrielle Smock : That was massively cool in my opinion. I always find it amazing how the body works, and the fact that this man could hold himself together and not gag as it went down his nose and down his throat was so awesome. Kudos to him, am I right?

Asian Boy : Did anyone try to do what he did lol I sounded like a dying chicken

dingle mopper : my throat has never felt so foreign me before...

Jadden : If you wanted to see some throat action go to .. ;)

ItzNeonPandaz : 10:28 kinda looks like the stranger things upside down monster thing Like if u agree

Freedom Strider : Oh that was creepy weird...

Kalhsperas 1 : 10:11 i thought it was demogorgon

Savage X89 : Its very unsettling to see that not so deep inside all of us, is a little alien trying to escape every time we speak or make noise.... O.o

Alex Baca : Not gonna lie... That was one of the most interesting things I've ever seen in my life!!$

xZotic Blight : I'm saving this next time someone tells me how I'm gonna sound like a smoker in 10 years.

Mi : I always thought little DJs have a party in your throat with colorful disco lights.

Patrick Khalifeh : it looks like a night club from inside 😂

UND34D M4N : So how can we be sure that's his real voice? Also looks like a vibrating room that has a party going on inside. Interesting.


Pewdiepie's Hot Dog Boss : No one: TED: What happens in your throat when you beatbox?

Sava Sredovic : Roses are red Violets are blue This was in my recomended Im sure it was in ur too

Danielle Gillespie : That’s enough *YouTube* for today...

nope nope : the vocal folds with larynx looks like if a spider was 10x scarier

J Austria : no one: literally nothing: *youtube recommendation:*

Seijaru : 6:08 :eyes:

The Archiver : somewhat weird. it looked like an alien thing as seen in some '80 horror\scifi movies but interesting

Nova Wolf : Tom Thum: *Exists* DJ Mixer: *_-aM i A jOkE tO yOu-_* *_aM i A fRiCka-FrIcKin jOkE tO y0u_*

The goblin Fan : I like the way he moves his hands when he beatboxed

Drake : 2:00 better than Stephen Hawking. Sry I had to write this

stinkystinkpot : Wow! Have you been taking lessons from J-Roc?

Cinnamon - : I regret watching this while eating-

Jcjds Ncjsh : yes thank you YouTube for recommending this to me i really needed to know this...

Anargya Ramadhan : Berfore I watch this I watch the 2013 and I and say to my self "that's different guy" and I watch this wow Tom your so old

Rayado DeCorazon : Thank you INTERNET! I always wondered what it looked like from the inside when Beatbox sounds were made

xMamoon : I feel sad for that guy, I`ve tried the same thing but for a surgery, but from my experiance getting something like him inside my nose makes me go insane but i cant do anything about it, its like a sharp object in ur nose, but feels good when it goes out

Gerardo Cortez : How tf does he do the beatbox and still makes noise at the same time then keep it going while adding another noise bruhhh

kareem ahmed : Now i know where does the look of aliens come from in movies

XR_ Niles : Verbalase Biggest Competition... Like - Verbalase Comment - Tom Thum

Simon Raynor : I've known how us humans make sound but, I've never seen what it looks like.

Not Λpplicable : 10:10 that looks like an entrance to some intergalactic club in Rick & Morty

Jacob Witvoet : It’s like there’s a mini party happening inside his mouth

Kromium : I don't want to talk anymore lol.

Neelam Chettri : He has a very unique and beautiful stage presence.... Seen for the first time and love it how he present himself...hit like if you guys feel the same