This has been on YouTube for months now, but it’s new to me: a beat-boxer sets up shop near an NYC subway exit and offers “free beats” to passerby. The range of responses is pretty excellent.
Here’s my favorite line. “Where my dogs at? Where my frogs at? Where my squirrels and my birds and my hogs at?”
This goes in the direction of my dream busker: somebody set up with an amp, a laptop and Ableton Live, sampling and remixing the sounds of a street-corner in real-time. Totally melodic and musical; it wouldn’t be an abstract experiment. You’d just hear familiar honks and wails in the mix. And obviously—per this video—she’d have a mic stand for speaking and singing, too.