Mouth Sounds Robert speaks with Reed Summers, winner of last year's annual Mouth Sounds Competition in Bellevue, Illinois. This year's event is set to be held this coming weekend. Contestants use their own vocal apparatus to create a variety of sounds, from birds, to animals, to machines and more. Summers says it's a craft, not a gift. He attributes his skill to practice and a childhood spent in silence. We hear examples of several of his best Mouth Sounds.
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Robert speaks with Reed Summers, winner of last year's annual Mouth Sounds Competition in Bellevue, Illinois. This year's event is set to be held this coming weekend. Contestants use their own vocal apparatus to create a variety of sounds, from birds, to animals, to machines and more. Summers says it's a craft, not a gift. He attributes his skill to practice and a childhood spent in silence. We hear examples of several of his best Mouth Sounds.