Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Movement of Autotune Music(Practical Activity)

auto-tune 24/7!
Image: Computer using Autotune by A_Minor through Creative Commons

For this blog post I want to take the time to focus on Music, but insted on music as a whole I want to focus on the segment of autotuned music, which seems to be prevelant in many artist music today. However, this movement has grgone beyond you average artist and srpead acoss to averge Americans across the country.

I can remember the first time I heard an autotune song. It was during the year 2000 when T-Pain came out when an album that consisted of mostly autotuned songs. While this wasn't by any means the first autotune song to come out, that distinction belonging to Cher with her song called "I Believe", It was my first time ever experiencing this new kind of music. When I first heard this new sound I was Indifferent at first. I didn't think it was great or bad,I just knew I had to listen to it some more before I could form an appropriate opinion on it. As the years passed I began to notice more and more artist use autotune as a part of their music. Unfortunately, like most things it began to grown on me. Something I wasn't to high on when it first came out, has now become something that I often look for in artist music.

As Johnny Sharp refers to in his blogpost "Finally, The End of Autotune" in 2008 when Jay Z came out with his new album called Blueprint 3. He wanted to try and put an end to the whole Autotune movement by releasing his new song called DOA(Death of Autotune). However, while his attempt was admirable, it seems that he only further adavanced it's movement.

Jay-Z - The Blueprint 3

Image: Blueprint 3 by d-q's through Creative Commons

Today, the autotune movement just isn't in music. You can find almost anything autotuned nowadays.  Almost everything sounds better autotuned. For example, in andrews thoughts and stuff blog he takes Martin Luther Kings Speech and autones it.  He was able to take a speech that was serious and create a little humor, because it seems like MLK is singing to singing to the crowd.  In aonther

While all those are funny I have found a group of people on youtube who autotune everything that is reported on the news. The video below is one of my favorites of theirs.

As you can see videos like this can provide a lot of entertainment for people.

Another autotune video that is pretty funny to listen to in Kim Kardashians autuned song called "Turn it Up", this is absolutely one of the worst song I have ever heard and you can see by the amount of dislikes on the video that most people agree with me.

Has it really come to a point where you can take any celebrity make an autotune song and produce the the hell out of it and think it will sound good? I for one don't think so. In my opinion if you suck at singing in general you will not sound any better in autotune.

Overall, I think the whole autotune movement is fun and adds a lot of excitment not only to music, but to oridinay people who put their own videos in autotune. Nowadays you can purchase your own autotune app for you phone, Now isn't that cool lol. In Microsoft Man  blog post he explains how you can doenload software on you computer to autotune your voice on there. I really like the direction of autotune and hope it continues to grow in everything we do.


  1. Autotune! Nice one :) I still remember turtle fence from months ago!

  2. Nicely done David. It looks like you nailed it here. Your post is well written full of great info. I'm not to familiar with Autotune. I suppose the idea of ordinary people being to sound like a "singer" might be part of the appeal, as you mentioned.

    I wonder how this will tie in to ds106 type project you will do in this class. Do you think you might try to do something such as Andrew did?