Beardytron_5000mkll: Beardyman’s latest innovation
Beardyman asks a lot of questions. What if you wanted to incorporate a live loop of a rock-a-billy guitar or rock organ into your set? What if you wanted to do the same, but with noises non-existent in reality? These are the questions that fueled his latest technological innovation, the Beardytron_5000mkll. This fortress of a machine records, manipulates, and loops anything and everything Beardyman creates with his voice.
Already recognized for his vocal feats, Beardyman, or Darren Foreman, felt impaired by physical limits and searched for a way to fully extend his abilities. In his TED talk, he used the simple example of singing two notes at the same time. Only monks, with their two tone singing, have gotten close to accomplishing this, but it’s still not the pure, distinct two notes.
It only took moments behind the Beardytron, however, for Beardyman to create a full set of instruments, ranging from bass to trumpet, all recorded from his voice, and all recorded live. By looping all these recordings and keeping them in time together, he creates this illusion that there should be five people up there with artifacts of wood and metal instead of one man and a machine.
He further illustrates how he can also use the technology to manipulate his voice, so that he can mimic instruments and sounds more precisely. While he does that to amazing effect, the true intent of his innovation is to produce the sounds that don’t exist. The sounds that commingle together in his head that can’t be explained any other way than to simply produce them. With the Beardytron, he’s finally able to work with his voice and technology to manufacture something never heard before.
The physical construction and math behind the Beardytron’s creation is mind-numbing to say the least. Unless you’re in the field and know the jargon, its complexity leaves you in awe. In an article for DJ Tech Tools, Beardyman breaks it down to the specifics. He explains the programs, such as SugarByte’s Turnado, that intertwine in order to make it work. Then there’s also the collection of physical tools that build the foundation for the wall of sound, like three iPads (used to control the machine and for extra noises), multiple keyboards, and Native Instruments Guitar Rig, among other things.
Not all secrets of the Beardytron_5000 are revealed though, as Beardyman protects the most vital elements from being stolen. While a patent may provide some legal protection, it’s understandable that he would want to preserve all that he and others have slaved over. The looper in the Beardytron in particular is being held in a metaphorical safe, as this is the key to the uniqueness of his invention. It takes what other loopers have done and one-ups them by doing all of it in one audio file.
All technicalities aside, what’s most memorable about the machine is what Beardyman can produce with it. It’s a machine unlike any other, but its purpose remains in enhancing the incredibly human voice of Beardyman.
Check out Beardyman during his upcoming North America tour dates!
February 21: Beta Night Club, Denver, CO — Tickets Here!
February 22: Bottom Lounge, Chicago, IL — Tickets Here!
February 25: Output, Brooklyn, NYC — Tickets Here!
February 26: U Street Music Hall, Washington DC — Tickets Here!
February 27: Coda, Toronto, Canada — Tickets Here!
February 28: Mezzanine, San Francisco, CA — Tickets Here!
March 3: Fortune Sound Club, Vancouver, BC — Tickets Here!