Tom Thum is an Australian singer who mixes jazz, electro, and hip-hop in his music. He appears to be an internationally known artist, at least famous enough to get mentioned in the Huffington Post. But the thing that wows everybody is his ability to create entire songs without the use of instruments or drums and not sing acapella. He plays trumpets without having a trumpet, bass without having a cello, synthesizer without software, and drums without a drummer. How can this be? The truth of the matter is Thum is one of the best beatboxers skilled in mimicking musical instruments, which sound like an actual live band.
Anyone listening to Thum’s music for the first time would be skeptical. They’d think he actually used music production software to make his music and trick everyone into thinking he’s using his natural voice. But as he demonstrated in a TED Talks video, filmed at the Sydney Opera House in Bennelong Point, Sydney, everything is pure talent with a little help from recording devices. He performs various songs throughout the clip, but the one at the end is a jazz song revealing his full talent.
Thum started out mimicking gun shot noises heard from video games and sirens from cop movies. As he explained on Beatbox Battle TV, he realized how to produce siren sounds that have the same high pitchy timbre as Pacman sound effects. He honed the skills needed to produce other sounds such as a trumpet.