Wednesday, February 11, 2009


This weekend's Saturday Night Live digital short, "I'm On A Boat," by Lonely Island and T-Pain made hilarious use of the autotune gimmick that (a) helps keep singers in tune and (b) makes them sound like a robot singing from underwater. And if you can't get enough of that effect, get everything you can find by T-Pain. And if that's not enough, get Kanye West's 808 and Heartbreak. And if that's not enough, hold on, help's coming: T-Pain is working on an autotune app for the iPhone.

But know this: if you do rock the autotune, you're steppin to Death Cab For Cutie, and they go hard. The members of the band were all wearing blue ribbons to the Grammys to protest autotune! Frontman Ben Gibbard says, "Auto-tuning is a digital manipulation, a correction of a singer's voice that is affecting literally thousands of singers today and thousands of records that are coming out. We just want to raise awareness while we're here and try to bring back the blue note... The note that's not so perfectly in pitch and just gives the recording some soul and some kind of real character. It's how people really sing." Believe me, you don't want to mess with Death Cab, so be careful before you download that app!

No comments: