It’s Friday the 13th! And, admit it, you’re a little creeped out. Just for fun on this peril-fraught day, here are three weird, bizarre, and slightly spooky TEDx Talks.
Enter another dimension with this haunting art video made for TEDxCopenhagen. The weird audio-visual is up for interpretation…a winter pine forest and an endless ventilation duct?
What makes Psycho’s shower scene so scary? In this talk at TEDxUCLA, researcher Dan Blumenstein explains the sounds that put our hair on end.
And finally, a creepy UFO drum because, well, ALIENS:
"Breathless” (not to be confused with the 1960 Jean-Luc Godard film) is “a short film about the people, the places, and the heart and soul of Denver, Colorado.”
A project of Air Ball Creative for TEDxMileHigh in Denver, “Breathless” digs deep into the heart of the city, jumping from beautiful location to beautiful location, set to a poem by award-winning Denver slam poet Ken Arkind, which is read by fellow poet Theo “Lucifury” Wilson and paired with a score composed by Dexter Britain.
HuffPost Denver praised the film for its “sheer inspiring beauty,” and the resourcefulness of its producers on a shoestring budget ($0) and super-quick filming schedule.
Even if you’ve never been to Denver, or don’t even know where Denver is, “Breathless” is worth a watch. See the entire film above and try not to get inspired.
More than just a fun party trick, human beatboxing transforms a normal person into a full-blown orchestra. In these 6 beatboxing performances from TEDx events around the world, watch as everyday citizens channel drum machines, trumpets, synthesizers, even the didgeridoo.
Tom Thum at TEDxSydney
Gaining more than 300,000 views in just three days, Tom Thum’s beatbox performance at TEDxSydney is something to admire. Here, the veteran beatboxer takes on the didgeridoo, sitar, double bass and transforms the Sydney Opera House into a “smoky downtown jazz bar” with just a microphone and a looping station.
Smily at TEDxTokyo
A man beatboxes via didgeridoo. Enough said.
Jonatan Lopez and Man Wai Che at TEDxYouth@BeaconStreet
Cultures collide as beatboxer Jonatan Lopez (JFlo) and Juilliard-trained bassist Man Wai Che fuse genres into a seamless performance that takes musical collaboration to a whole new level.
krNfx and Elysha Poirier at TEDxToronto
At TEDxToronto, two-time Canadian beatbox champion Terry Im (krNfx) steals the show with this super rad collaboration with visual artist Elysha Poirier. Reggie Watts, look out.
Beasty at TEDxBoredeaux
Though beatboxer Beasty’s talk is in French, you don’t need to parle français to appreciate his remix of “Eye of the Tiger,” which probably could get Rocky to trade Philly for Paris.
Abram Wuliger at TEDxDuke
At TEDxDuke, Abram Wuliger beatboxes on the flute — and it’s pretty spectacular. Calling all aspiring rappers — please sample this.