Researchers Use Real-Time MRI to See Inside a Beatboxer

X-ray style view of human beatboxing

“‘Clap’ snare”

Researchers at University of Southern California used real-time magnetic resonance imaging (rtMRI) to capture X-ray-style video of a beatboxer in action. The researchers used rtMRI to record a beatboxer’s face as he performed his repertoire of effects, which they then cataloged most scientifically: For instance, a snare drum sound became a “pulmonic egressive dorsal stop-fricative sequence.” Be sure to browse the rtMRI videos on the study’s webpage, the still images don’t do it justice.

X-ray style view of human beatboxing

“‘Rim shot’ effect”

X-ray style view of human beatboxing

“‘Punchy’ kick”

via Neatorama

Follow Laughing Squid on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Email and RSS.

This post is sponsored by...


Advertise on Laughing Squid