Ahh, AutoTune. The technology that makes anyone a pitch-perfect singer. And a douchebag. If you’re not familiar with how it works, it basically takes what you actually sing and “moves” the sound up or down to the “right” note. Meaning that if you sing off-key, it fixes it. Sounds great, right? Not so fast. The process removes all the soft transitions between notes, making everything sound a little jagged. And it also gives the music a metallic, electronic overtone. Basically it sounds like shit, in tune.
So AutoTune is terrible for music. BUT, it turns out it’s great for comedy. What sounds irritating and fake in a T-Pain song sounds funny when applied to a baby crying. Or when applied to Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream Speech”:
A couple of YouTuber’s have started putting together AutoTune News, where they make news anchors “sing” the news. The effect can be absolutely hilarious:
And finally, what would happen if you just started using AutoTune around the office?
So there you have it. Something tells me the folks who invented AutoTune intended it for music, a job it fails miserably. But one medium’s trash is another’s treasure.
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