The orchestra in my mouth | Tom Thum
The orchestra in my mouth | Tom Thum

My name is Tom, and I’ve come here today to come clean about what I do for money. Basically, I use my mouth in strange ways in exchange for cash. (Laughter) I usually do this kind of thing
in seedy downtown bars and on street corners, so this mightn’t be
the most appropriate setting, but I’d like to give you guys
a bit of a demonstration about what I do. (Beatboxing) And now, for my next number, I’d like to return to the classics. (Applause) We’re going to take it back, way back, back into time. (Beatboxing: “Billie Jean”) ♫ Billie Jean is not my lover ♫ ♫ She’s just a girl who claims
that I am the one ♫ ♫ But the kid is not my son ♫ (Applause) All right. Wassup. Thank you very much, TEDx. If you guys haven’t
figured it out already, my name’s Tom Thum, and I’m a beatboxer, which means all the sounds
that you just heard were made entirely using just my voice, and the only thing was my voice. And I can assure you there are absolutely no effects on this microphone whatsoever. And I’m very, very stoked — (Applause) You guys are just applauding
for everything. It’s great. Look at this, Mom! I made it! I’m very, very stoked to be here today, representing my kinfolk and all those that haven’t
managed to make a career out of an innate ability
for inhuman noisemaking. Because it is a bit of a niche market, and there’s not much work going on, especially where I’m from. You know, I’m from Brisbane, which is a great city to live in. Yeah! All right! Most of Brisbane’s here.
That’s good. (Laughter) You know, I’m from Brizzy, which is a great city to live in, but let’s be honest — it’s not exactly the cultural
hub of the Southern Hemisphere. So I do a lot of my work outside Brisbane and outside Australia, and so the pursuit of this
crazy passion of mine has enabled me to see so many amazing places in the world. So I’d like to share with you,
if I may, my experiences. So ladies and gentlemen, I would like to take you on a journey throughout the continents and throughout sound itself. We start our journey
in the central deserts. (Didgeridoo) (Airplane) India. (Beatboxing) (Sitar) China. (Guzheng) (Beatboxing) Germany. (Beatboxing) Party, party, yeah. (Laughter) And before we reach our final destination, ladies and gentlemen, I would like to share
with you some technology that I brought all the way
from the thriving metropolis of Brisbane. These things in front of me
here are called Kaoss Pads, and they allow me to do a whole
lot of different things with my voice. For example, the one on the left here allows me to add a little bit of reverb to my sound, which gives me that — (Trumpet) — flavor. (Laughter) And the other ones here, I can use them in unison to mimic the effect of a drum machine or something like that. I can sample in my own sounds
and I can play it back just by hitting the pads here. (Noises) TEDx. (Music) (Applause) I got way too much time on my hands. And last but not least, the one on my right here allows me to loop loop loop loop loop loop loop loop my voice. So with all that in mind,
ladies and gentlemen, I would like to take you on a journey to a completely separate part of Earth as I transform the Sydney Opera House into a smoky downtown jazz bar. All right boys, take it away. (Music) Ladies and gentlemen,
I’d like to introduce you to a very special friend of mine, one of the greatest
double bassists I know. Mr. Smokey Jefferson, let’s take
it for a walk. Come on, baby. (Music) All right, ladies and gentlemen, I’d like to introduce you
to the star of the show, one of the greatest jazz
legends of our time. Music lovers and jazz lovers alike, please give a warm hand of applause for the one and only Mr. Peeping Tom.
Take it away. (Music) (Applause) Thank you. Thank you very much. (Applause)

100 thoughts on “The orchestra in my mouth | Tom Thum”

  1. Whatzit Tooya says:

    How many people tried after they watched this??

  2. Anjana Kumari says:

    I guess only the deaf (or maybe old) people would have disliked this video

  3. Nathan McMullen says:


  4. Top Turn says:

    mr. dorsey u-tubbs is great!

  5. Pretty Fog says:

    The best in the World!👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏

  6. Jay H says:

    We all got a voice but I don't know about you 👍🛐

  7. Elodie Snow says:

    Anyone from Germany? XD

  8. Nomak :D says:

    Area 51 wants to know your location

  9. turki 99 says:

    Why I'm watching this ? come on youtube

  10. ISMAIL SENGUL says:


  11. Artais dinamaya says:

    Ada orang indonesia kah yg nonton disini?

  12. Kaneki Ken says:


  13. Ram Majhi says:

    m pretty confident that 11k dislikers can beatbox better than him.

  14. Jon Maurice says:

    fuckkng cool

  15. Scorpio Girl2005 says:

    Has an alien crash landed on earth cause I think I just found him

  16. ダーダネルス・ボスフォラス両海峡 says:


  17. SuchLoneliness says:

    Why does clappings goes well with so many songs.

  18. Official Queen says:


  19. kdchmln says:

    lies! there is a gain effect on that microphone. he was much quieter when he moved it away from his mouth. you don't fool me, mr. thum.

  20. Kyōki says:

    9:54 shorty get downnnnnn. love a little bit of no diggity – blackstreet

  21. klarenz cobie says:

    No one:

    My russian neighbors at 3 AM: 6:07

  22. Andrea Gaye Scott Westfall says:


  23. 前園わたる says:


  24. dariel plana says:


  25. An Quốc says:

    2:30 how to do it ?

  26. Samira Schwannecke says:

    The time before theClavinover this guy looped the world 😁

  27. Guillaume Depoyant says:

    "The orchestra in my mouth" => Title of your sextape

  28. Izaquiel Freitas Bezerra says:

    🤪🤯👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻talento de sobra! Pra que aprender instrumentos! Se o cara é uma banda!

  29. Almeyda Erlangga says:

    Komen ah biar seneng

  30. Atsuki T says:


  31. すなはアズレン says:


  32. Жизнь в деревне птицеводство says:


  33. марк антонов says:

    Всем салют , на дворе 2019 год 10 сентября

  34. Кайрат Абласов says:

    20% голосовой связки
    "100% человек ".

  35. Thanh Nguyen says:

    Cho tôi thấy cánh tay của các bạn nào !! Việt Nam 🇻🇳🇻🇳

  36. Adam Gonsalez says:

    Ted TALKS
    Me: expect inspiring talks
    Tom: literally started a concert

  37. Marcos 20 says:

    He has an enfermation

  38. Rafi Faridi says:

    Amazing marvelous voice

  39. Piotr matrix says:

    5:59 Germany was great, the best… 🙂

  40. Sam Yan says:

    i hope you cleaned that mic inside out before you performed

  41. Анастасия Сопленко says:

    Боже это 13 год ребята…
    Я это смотрел мне было 12 лет и я тогда начал интересоваться битбоксом и досих пор я им увлекаюсь) даже несколько раз выступал)
    Я тогда здесь увидел мотивацию и воспользовался ею)/
    Акк сестры)

  42. RamzaBeoulve02 says:

    Still not sure why this has so many dislikes but I love it!

  43. 샘얭짜짜로니 says:

    What the……

  44. Ramya Janardhanan says:

    When you swallow GarageBand

  45. Bicey says:

    Michael Winslow??

  46. Acid Raindrops says:

    Couldn't finish the demo, just, couldn't

  47. aa6757 says:

    Thought this was going to be stupid.i was wrong.

  48. noob gamer 6000 says:

    I use my mouth in strange way to get money

    Me: hmmm what does he use it for what comes up in mind oh god

  49. Cris Janmille Hernandez says:

    What an amazing talent 👏👏👏

  50. Melisa Gonzales says:

    Why barely YouTube 6 YEARS YOUTUBE 6 YEARS WHYYY ??!?!?!?!?!?!

  51. Melisa Gonzales says:

    Ok .. the heE HEe was amazing

  52. illyonka says:

    3:05 HEE HEE

  53. SYRE & ERYS says:

    Swissbeatbox anyone?

  54. Bromatick says:

    germany tho

  55. LEGIT Gamerz says:

    This is an old video but it's still cool to watch! So many people comment on it and till this day it is continuing to get views and comments!

  56. KazzArie says:

    We’ve sure come a long way since

  57. sad boy z says:

    This man from another planet 🌎 trust me 🤦‍♂️

  58. Laci Kaix says:

    Amazing… I've always wanted to do this but I'm not talented musically.

  59. Keith Fox says:

    So you can beatbox like a million other people

  60. Tyrone Primavera says:

    5:50 sounds great.

  61. Fury_ DJOB's says:


  62. ShyftTV says:

    When you ask the tribe for water

  63. Stefan1978GER says:

    5:58 and after next 4 Seconds… thats best for mich

  64. legend of gamers says:


    LUng hAS leFT tHe ChAt

  65. anands kanchana says:


  66. BraveBoy Gamer says:

    Take that mic
    (Gross) it's all wet

  67. 515 kent says:


  68. Bumbasor says:

    Youtube algorithm strikes second time

  69. Amit Chakraborty says:

    I love how the subtitlers didn't give up!
    And the Mongolian throat singing was awesome ……

  70. Marceloxx 99 says:

    muy sobre valorado este video

  71. ねこねこ says:

    im、Japanese⸜( ⌓̈ )⸝
    IlikeAmerica🇺🇸perfectperformance(っ ॑꒳ ॑c)

  72. おとこ くらstarふさわしい says:

    Billie Jean was so cute😅😅

  73. Nugsy Malone says:

    Like a student of Rahzel!

  74. Rishab Nair says:

    The most fun tedx stand up ever

  75. šimon šustek says:

    Why im high watching this?

  76. Minnie Mouse says:

    Don’t know why I clicked on this, but I’m glad I did

  77. Ольга Кулаковская says:


  78. sudhanshu raj says:

    No 1 is clapping

  79. tilerto 18 says:

    Codfihs winner

  80. Isaiah Simpson says:

    Bursting creativity from within makes me feel good

  81. Grace V says:

    Imagine the all the spit on the microphone after that

  82. Christian Kam says:

    Even his name sounds like a beat😂😂

  83. potato-man eats the world says:

    Subtiltles: Beatbox

    Deaf people: wow this is some quality music.

  84. Francisco Cepeda says:

    How about duet with Michael Winslow

  85. Subtora says:

    how is this a ted talk

  86. Rubin Lisky says:

    This is lame, I’d feel ripped off i I went to see this

  87. Nova Phoenix says:

    I scrolled a solid 20+ comments while watching this video a 3 time without realizing that it got 14 MILLION VIEWS.

  88. DrZoo says:

    oZealous be jealous

  89. Erika Villeda says:

    anyone else got frisson while watching this?

  90. Yani Suryani says:

    "Tom how many sounds can u make simultaneously?"

  91. だらー says:


  92. Roman Valeri says:

    Sick af. Legendary af

  93. Kinky_ Kitty666 says:

    Tom: here’s your mic back.
    Tedx: yea.. just keep it

  94. Thinh Gia says:

    Việt nam 👍

  95. Daniel Pedroza says:

    I watched this like 4-5 years ago and it still catches me attention

  96. Sebastian Seba Salcedo Andrade says:

    Crei que las conferencias de TED eran más serias.

  97. Fernando De la parra says:

    so many beatboxers that are wayyyyyyy bettter

  98. Rafael Huicochea says:

    And I thought I can do sounds and voices!

  99. Michel Dubuis says:

    Bravo à vous c'est formidable ce que vous faites.

  100. toras hamonangan says:

    This guy is very good, why there are thumb down??

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