Looking for more ways to be inspired? Our beatbox inspiration post will help you unlock your creative brain.
Hi beatbox family, Jon here.
After speaking with beatboxers from all around the world, I found that one of the biggest challenges that we face as artists is finding inspiration. With congested Facebook feeds, there is a lack of places where you can find mindful and inspiring content.
So here’s my idea: do a post where beatboxers can discover new music, artists, art, techniques, games and articles to help you freshen up and gain some inspiration.
You might not like everything on here, but I encourage you to explore and listen to music that you might not even enjoy OR best case scenario, I’ll help you discover a new genre or artist that you DO enjoy.
I hope that by immersing yourself in these posts, you will feel challenged, uncomfortable, refreshed, or motivated.
That being said, today's theme is experimentation. In the same vein, this is just a test run, so if you enjoyed it, let us know us by dropping a comment, giving us a like or sharing with your friends 🙂
Enough jibjab - let’s dig right in.
Quote of the day
I’d like to start off every creative inspirational post with a thoughtful quote. Today’s quote is brought to you by the famous drummer Brian Blade. He says,
You need to take risks, you never know if the end results will be beautiful or strange, you need to be instantaneous, listening to every moment, without missing a scrap of the music.
If you are unfamiliar with Brian Blade, I would highly encourage you to take a listen to the video above to grasp what he means by the quote above.
Sit down, put on headphones and pay attention to his drumming style - one of immense detail and a very pure, emotionally-driven swagger. We all can be inspired by both his musicality and his philosophy on music, especially when it comes down to being fully consumed and embodying the music you are crafting.
Beatbox tip: Pour emotion into your beatboxing and pay close attention to each sound you are creating
Music Discovery: Aphex Twin
For those who are happily acquainted with Aphex Twin, I’m sure you understand why I am mentioning him in this inspirational post. When it comes to theme of experimenting bravely, no one in the digital age comes close to Aphex Twin.
In all brutal honesty, Aphex Twin is a very odd dude, but an incredibly talented musician who pioneered new styles in the electronic music industry as a whole - mostly because he didn't care what people thought.
The track above is called On The Romance Tip, part of the Caustic Window Compilation released in 1997. I would highly encourage you to explore and listen to more of his music - they’re all beautifully unique and non-linear.
This piece is called Cables by Noha, which presents the versatility of a powerful bassline in a beautiful way. Although repetitive, there is great joy in listening to the simple beat and the attention to the small switchups and variations that make all the difference.
Beatbox tip: Not every detail in your sounds has to be loud
Understand beat patterns using drumbot
I came across this cool website called drumbot.com, where you can create your own drum beats with a wide selection of presets and sounds. This can help you understand the basics behind drum beats, patterns, and visually guide you in building your own unique sequences.
Beatbox tip: Create a complex beat and try to replicate it using a metronome!
Beatbox while walking!
Why? Because Stanford said so.
According to a study conducted by Stanford researchers, a person’s creative output increased by an average of 60% when walking. They set up different experiments where a person walked outside by the water and another in a boring room with a treadmill - they both produced almost equally powerful results.
The study also concluded that the level of creativity continued even after they sat back down after the walk. So if you’re suffering from a creative block, go for a nice stroll!
That’s it for now. I hope that you enjoyed reading this, but more importantly, I hope that this helped you think more creatively with your beatboxing.
If you would like to see more, drop a comment, give us a like, and share this with your friends! Any feedback would also be a huge help.
Until next time!