Name a system that contains nothing, yet can become almost anything. How about the human voice box!

Wait till you see what’s possible with the human voice remixed by one of the most dazzling and fun TED presenters!

Image: Darren Foreman on the TED stage, showing off the human voice remixed

Source: TED

Today we feature an inventor, musician, comedian, the London-based Darren Foreman, or Beardyman, He is pushing back the edges of possibility when it comes to one of the most essential elements in our evolutionary bag of tricks: the human voice.

Do you know about the TED stage? TED.com is one of the most interesting corners of the web and EWC features the best of their talks a couple times each month. If I do say so myself, EWC and TED are the only places I have found where smart people, curious and hopeful, can always come away transformed. Check out our list of Must-See TED Talks here!

But first, take a look at this TED Talk to see what a bit of wonder can sound like!

Via: TED 1

Now, this inspired a little research and I found some interesting facts about this unusual musician/inventor.

Virtually all of what we just heard was created by Darren’s vocal cords then looped through a proprietary software he has invented. He was a beatbox champion until he outgrew the constraints of that world and then invented his own niche.

If you’d like to see much more about his work, head to the Beardyman website.

Beardyman’s work might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it reminds us that the seeds of progress are almost always sewn before everyone is demanding a new way.

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If you like TED Talks and music made with nothing more than the human voice, check out the incredible beatboxer Tom Thumb.

Meanwhile, stay open, curious and hopeful!

~ Dr. Lynda

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Notes:

  1. Beardyman. “Beardyman: The Polyphonic Me.” YouTube. TED, 02 Aug. 2013. Web. 12 Apr. 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIh8KBOOkYU&nohtml5=False>.

Dr. Lynda is a dentist, artist, global traveler, and philanthropist who looks for potential and shares it with the world. Hear her latest conversations with thought leaders on the Ever Widening Circles Podcast--new episodes every Thursday!

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