Kid Beyond @ Coachella 2007
|Birth name||Andrew Chaikin|
|Origin||San Francisco, California, U.S.|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, Beatboxer, Voice actor|
Chaikin attended Brown University and was a leader in the co-ed fraternity Zeta Delta Xi. He sang in the Jabberwocks, a student a cappella group. He graduated in 1991 and moved to San Francisco to form the House Jacks with Deke Sharon, recording "Naked Noise" and "Funkwich" with the band (the latter for Tommy Boy Records).
He left the House Jacks in 1997.
He released his first solo EP, Amplivate, in 2006.
Kid Beyond has toured nationally with Imogen Heap. He has also performed at major music festivals, including sets at Burning Man atop a Unimog, the Langerado festival, the 2007 Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival, and Coachella.
His song from "Amplivate","Mothership", was used in NBA Live 08 by EA Sports.
Kid Beyond's performances often include some traditional beatboxing as well as live looping. The looped pieces make heavy use of Ableton's Live software on a laptop to layer and loop vocal and vocal percussion tracks together to create full songs. Prior to concerts, the software is configured with the tracks that will be used in each piece, including any necessary effects and levels, but lacking any audio. A set of MIDI controller foot pedals allow Kid Beyond to control the software during performance, enabling him to record, play, and manipulate the audio tracks with a set of predefined macros. In some cases, a single press of a pedal performs multiple actions, such as muting one track while initializing recording on another.
In recognition of his innovative techniques, Ableton made him a featured artist on their website and presented him at a series of clinics in Germany. The associated footage was shown on a number of viral video sites.
Video game voice work
As Andrew Chaikin, he has performed as a voice-over artist for a number of video games and advertisements, prominently in American McGee's Alice as The Mad Hatter/The White Rabbit/The March Hare, and in the 2005 game Star Wars: Republic Commando, where he does the voices of Clone Advisor and Delta 40 "Fixer".
He also provided several voices in graphic adventure titles by Telltale Games, including Phoney Bone and Ted the bug in the Bone adaptations, a pair of suspects in CSI: 3 Dimensions of Murder, and most notably Max for the first episode "Culture Shock" of Sam & Max Season One before being replaced by William Kasten for the rest of the series due to health reasons. Recent Telltale Games characters include a few pirates in Tales of Monkey Island and Narrator, Papierwaite, and a Moleman in Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse. He also voiced Biff Tannen in Back to the Future: The Game, Grendel in The Wolf Among Us and Carlos in the second season of The Walking Dead.
He has also provided his vocal talents for the cover versions of the songs from Konami's Karaoke Revolution video game series starting with Karaoke Revolution Volume 2. His song "Mothership" is on Tap Tap Revenge 2. He has appeared in the official video game adaptation of Iron Man 2 as the villain Ultimo and JARVIS.
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- Chun, Kimberly. "Best of the Bay 2006: Best Oral in the Bay". San Francisco Bay Guardian. Archived from the original on 2008-08-22. Retrieved 2009-02-16.
- "Best of San Francisco: Best Beatboxer". SF Weekly. May 19, 2004. Retrieved 2009-02-16.
- Official website
- Old official website which includes information on his voiceover work
- Andrew Chaikin at the Internet Movie Database
- Rath, Derek (August 21, 2006). "'Amplivate': Taking Beat-Boxing to a New Level". National Public Radio.Audio of story
- "Kid Beyond". KQED. April 2005. Video of story.
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