Tuesday, March 21, 2006

You're Eephing Crazy!

Last weekend me and a coupla mates had a lovely campfire conversation about the nutty human beat boxer man, Rahzel.

Today Boing Boing showed me the way to something much crazier, the lost hillbilly art of Eephing.

Eephing is a crazy way of singing- abit like beat boxing, a bit like throat singing and a lot like making fart noises to impress yer classmates.

According to NPR's Jennifer Sharpe who did a great little radio spot on the silly art which you can listen to here, eephing is a "kind of hiccupping, rhythmic wheeze that started in rural Tenessee more than 100 years ago."
"Just like human beat-box artists of the 1980s rendered perfect imitations of drum machines with their mouths, the original eephers of the 1880s imitated the hogs and turkeys living in their backyards.."

1 comment:

Glenn said...

Yes, eephing is a big part of Rolf Harris' schtick.