Moon Talks AutoTune on Studio Q

posted by Tom Moon on July 02, 2009 at 6:53 pm
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It's one of those subjects that won't go away: Is the ubiquitous software used to correct (and alter) a singer's pitch simply another technological marvel that renders cool effects? Is it a crutch? A scourge?

Last week I talked AutoTune with Jian Ghomeshi, host of the terrific CBC program Studio Q, about Auto-Tune.

Here's the link:

look for the show for Thursday, June 25 2009.

And, as always, please share thoughts on AutoTune here!


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#1 from Winn Carroll, Birmingham, AL - 07/03/2009 9:25

T-Pain has already proclaimed that auto-tune was already on the way out… and the Jay-Z proclaimed the death of Auto-Tune in D.O.A…. so in terms of hip-hop it will most likely fade out in the next couple years however in pop music Auto-tune has a dangerous hold on the genre ( The disney pop starts use auto-tune almost as a crutch)... It’s destroying true singing.. although it’s cool to experiment with (pull up your garage band application and put a Dylan song or Blind Gary Evan’s song on and see the results) but it is not something that should be used too much (a la T-Pain).

#2 from Adam, New Jersey - 07/03/2009 10:48

I listened to the CBC interview and one point that was brought up was CGI in the movies relative to auto-tune in music.  It reminded me of an interview that I recently heard on the radio with the director Werner Herzog.  Herzog was asked about his film Fitzcarraldo and if he were to make it again, would he shoot it on a backlot.  Herzog said that would be like CGI - essentially lying to his audience.

At the end of the day, though, it will be an aesthetic choice.  Have we had them before - sure:  compare the sound on Sgt. Pepper’s to Exile on Main Street.  Clarity to mud.  Was Exile a mistake?  Hardly.  We don’t get upset when something is recorded digitally, nor do we think that it is an artistic triumph when someone uses a tube amplifier. 

As to surrupticiosly (sp?) changing Neil Young’s key - whoa.  Let Neil decide.  It does bring up a great story about Elvis recording at American Studios for the Elvis in Memphis album.  Apparently, the King was flat.  The producer took him aside and let him know and he changed it.  Great album, but it bugged him and he never recorded there again.

#3 from dave Hogerty, Fort Lauderdale - 07/04/2009 6:01

Whatever gets them through the night, but I’ll choose not to listen.

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