|BEATBOXING - THE FIFTH ELEMENT OF HIP HOP|
It was in the late 70s that a youth culture evolved in the poorer parts of New York which combined several disciplines under the name of Hip Hop. Apart from the four classic elements of Graffiti writing, DJing, Breakdancing, and Rapping, the musical side of this culture was enhanced by a fifth element called ‘Beatboxing'. From the hardship of poverty and the lack of instruments, a pioneer was inspired to imitate drum rhythms with his mouth - his brilliance creating the term ‘Human Beatbox'. Very soon other Hip Hop artists picked up his style and added this technique of music making to their own shows, but at that time beatboxing never left the realm of Hip Hop culture. At the end of the 80s the first big wave of beatboxing was over and beatboxing only existed in an underground scene. It took until the late 90s that the art of Human Beatboxing was explosively revived. At that time the Internet had emerged and offered new ways of communication for young artists. All of a sudden beatboxers from all over the world were given the opportunity to connect and share their knowledge on websites through videos and online tutorials. Since then Human Beatboxing has become a global phenomenon, which is organized and celebrated in the annual Beatbox Conventions and through Beatbox Competitions, that are being held in an increasing number of countries every year. The documentary aims at providing a full picture of this incredible art form starting with its genesis within Hip Hop Culture and continuing with its further developments and its use in various musical fields in several countries throughout the world. The documentary features artists from New York, California, Florida, Spain, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Belgium, Canada, Austria and Germany, who demonstrate their amazing techniques, which often seem impossible to audiences at first sight, but see for yourselves...
Klaus Schneyder passed his Abitur (a-level exams) in 1996 and did his community service instead of going to the army thereafter.
From 1997 to 1999 he studied English and Music to become a school teacher at the University of Münster. After working for a year as a foreign assistant teacher in Southampton (UK), he continued his studies at the University of Siegen until 2003. While working on his final paper for which he analyzed the portrayal of hip hop in school books, he realized that beatboxing has widely been neglected and developed a strong interest in that field doing online research and visiting beatbox competitions in Germany and Austria.
After his graduation from university in 2003, he served his two years of teacher training in Dortmund before signing up for a permanent employment at a Gymnasium (academic high school) in Aachen.
In 2006 he started working on the beatbox documentary gathering footage from several countries of the world. He continuously worked within the limited time frames that school holidays offered him.