There’s something intensely cool about beatboxing. It’s not the music – though the music is pretty cool, too – but rather what it shows about mankind and our relationship with technology.

Look at this father-daughter pair:

Neolithic hunters could have done that. Ancient Greeks could have been beatboxing in the Parthenon. Joan of Arc could have been laying down sick beats while leading the French to victory. George Washington could have used it to entertain his troops at Valley Forge.

But of course they didn’t, because despite have the same equipment that beatboxers do today (that is, the same mouths) they didn’t have electronic music to provide a model for what could be. We discover more about the universe, which lets us build new things, which unlocks our imagination about what is possible, which pushes us to discover more about the universe…