Medical Mysteries of Music

Published on November 9th, 2018 | by Jon Bunnies


Fun with MRIs: Here’s what’s going on in a beatboxer’s head when performing

How does a beatboxer get those percussive sounds using just their mouths? Nimisha Patil is not only a researcher at USC’s Signal Analysis and Interpretation Laboratory, but she’s also a beatboxer.

After years of wondering what was going on inside her head when she was performing, she decided to stick her head into an MRI machine. Click on the image to see the results. (Via Tom)


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