Tom Thum Shows Us What Happens In Your Throat When You Beatbox In New TEDx Talk

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Tom Thum reveals the inner workings of his craft in TEDx talk 'What Happens In Your Throat When You Beatbox'. Tom Thum reveals the inner workings of his craft in TEDx talk 'What Happens In Your Throat When You Beatbox'. Image © Facebook

Beatbox wunderkind Tom Thum shows us what happens in your throat when you beatbox in a brand new TEDx talk conveniently titled 'What Happens In Your Throat When You Beatbox'.


Tom Thum’s reputation long precedes him when it comes to his world class talent behind the mic. The beatboxer has become more than just a popular name in Australia but abroad too; his debut performance for TEDx has been viewed over 66 million times, making it the most viewed TEDx talk ever.

Following on from his hugely successful experience in 2013, Tom has returned for his second appearance - ‘What Happens In Your Throat When You Beatbox’, armed with a camera lodged deep inside his throat, he delivers the world's first, live on stage laryngoscopy of a beatboxer.


‘What Happens In Your Throat When You Beatbox’ delves deeper in investigating just how he is able to create the sounds he does. Joined by Dr Matthew Broadhurst, Tom reveals the science and physical maneuvers behind his craft and, just like his first Tedx performance, this one will definitely have people talking afterward.

“Basically I wanted to get a deeper understanding (in the most invasively literal way) of how my art-form worked," Tom says.

"I realised that beatboxing had been relatively understudied compared to other vocal styles and I wanted to be part of the story in my own weird way.”

The obscurities of Tom’s craft are explored through ‘What Happens In Your Throat When You Beatbox’, while the full scope of Tom’s ‘professional’ work is also highlighted.

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