THUD makes viral beats using buckets, brooms, spoons, plastic tubes

Friday, June 5, 2020 - 22:30 in Physics & Chemistry

They’ve got the beat. The Harvard Undergraduate Drummers, known appropriately by their acronym THUD, are a student-run percussion group that makes rhythmic music with tubes, trash cans, buckets, cups, brooms, basketballs, spoons — you name it. If it makes a sound, they can probably play it (or have at the very least tried). And much of it goes viral. Introducing THUD. Best known for their popular YouTube videos where they use Boomwhackers, colorful plastic tubes each tuned to a single note, to bang out renditions of famous songs, THUD makes what they do look smooth, flawless, even simple. It’s not. The work is highly technical, difficult, and involves (literal) buckets of coordination. In the past few years, THUD’s YouTube channel has grown from 2,000 subscribers to about 340,000, and their Boomwhacker versions of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin,’” Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and “Africa” by Toto have been seen from...

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