To anyone with an affinity for Art.
Directed and edited by Joy Lee
Produced by Chermin Teo
Audio Post by Naveen Varma
Shot by Joy Lee, Amar and Valentin
Secondary footage by Jeremy Chua and Glynis Tan.
Behind-the-scenes by Glynis Tan
Subculture is a social-cultural structure that exits as a sort of islet within the larger civilization. Cultural scenes are spaces of representations, expressions and memories; they illuminate the lifestyles of youths.
It was in the late 70s that a youth culture evolved in the poorer parts of New York, which combined several disciplines under the umbrella of Hip Hop. Apart from the four classic elements of Graffiti writing, DJ-ing, Breakdancing and Rapping, the musical side of this culture was enhanced by a fifth element – Beatboxing.
Human Beatbox literally means ‘human drum machine’. It was used as slang for the non-programmable drum machines that were first called rhythm machines. Beatboxing rode the crest of the Hip Hop wave featuring on albums and videos but then it all ended abruptly. By the 1990s Hip Hop was no longer center stage and beatboxers were held back by people’s perceptions of them as novelty value circus acts.
When the Internet emerged and offered new methods of communication for young artists, Beatboxers from all over the world were given the opportunity to connect and share their knowledge on websites through videos and online tutorials. Now Beatboxing has become a global phenomenon.
Despite the fact that Beatboxing is an important element of Hip Hop and A Capella, most Singaporeans still haven’t got a clue as to what beatboxing is all about.
About the Title
Wicked (adj) - a slang that means very, really or great;
use in sentences like,
“That girl’s wicked hot!”,
“That pizza’s wicked awesome!”,
“This documentary film about beatbox is wicked cool!”
About the Aim
I hope that this documentary will allow Singaporeans to finally understand, recognize and accept Human Beatbox as a true form of musical art.
About the Film
Did you know that in the world of Beatbox, Dharni Ng, the pioneer of beatbox in Singapore, is crowned fifth in a world championship held in the year 2010? There are many more beatboxers in our local scene that are struggling to have their passion and talent recognized by Singaporeans who dismiss beatboxing as ‘noise’. Featured in “That’s WICKED!” is fifteen-year-old Martin Tang, among the other enthusiasts. Given his age, you will be amazed at his flair for beatboxing.
This film was world-premiered in International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) 2013.
Screened at EYE the Dutch museum, Amsterdam.
Premiered at ChopShots 2012 (Jakarta Indonesia).
Nominated for two categories - Best Documentary and Best Editing, in the Singapore Short Film Awards 2013.
Awarded Best Documentary on 2 March 2013 - Singapore Short Film Awards 2013.
Screened at Substation(Singapore) First Take March/2013.
The only "Viddsee" documentary film screened at George Town Festival 2013, Penang.
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