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The magic of the human voice

From beat-boxing battles to a digital choir of 2000 people, these talks celebrate the beauty and versatility of the human voice.

  1. 7:01
    Nicole Paris and Ed Cage A beatboxing lesson from a father-daughter duo

    Nicole Paris was raised to be a beatboxer — when she was young, her father, Ed Cage, used to beatbox her to sleep at night. Now the duo is known for their beatbox battles and jam sessions, which mix classic rap beats with electronic dance sounds. Prepare yourself for a bit of a hip-hop history lesson, and enjoy the show.

  2. 14:34
    Eric Whitacre A virtual choir 2,000 voices strong

    In a moving and madly viral video last year, composer Eric Whitacre led a virtual choir of singers from around the world. He talks through the creative challenges of making music powered by YouTube, and unveils the first 2 minutes of his new work, "Sleep," with a video choir of 2,052. The full piece premiered a few weeks later (yes, on YouTube!).

  3. 11:44
    Rupal Patel Synthetic voices, as unique as fingerprints

    Many of those with severe speech disorders use a computerized device to communicate. Yet they choose between only a few voice options. That's why Stephen Hawking has an American accent, and why many people end up with the same voice, often to incongruous effect. Speech scientist Rupal Patel wanted to do something about this, and in this wonderful talk she shares her work to engineer unique voices for the voiceless.

  4. 18:36
    Sarah Jones What does the future hold? 11 characters offer quirky answers

    Sarah Jones changes personas with the simplest of wardrobe swaps. In a laugh-out-loud improvisation, she invites 11 "friends" from the future on stage—from a fast-talking Latina to an outspoken police officer—to ask them questions supplied by the TED2014 audience.

  5. 9:43
    Reggie Watts Beats that defy boxes

    Reggie Watts' beats defy boxes. Unplug your logic board and watch as he blends poetry and crosses musical genres in this larger-than-life performance.