Contrary to the modern temperature of the debate, I don’t have a scorched earth stance on AutoTune.  It doesn’t set my hair on fire, I don’t think its ruining music, and I respect your opinion on it knowing that it might differ from mine.  AutoTune just happens to be a polarizing practice since it’s a shortcut to a result you once had to work for.  But that’s seemingly the goal of most technology.  Fuck, what a brain buster.

Me? I don’t like AutoTune.  AutoTune standardizes sound.

I have always viewed the goal of recordings to be a unique representation of song and artist- and autotune is a tool that potentially sends everyone down a path toward similarity.  The fact that it makes everyone sound “perfect” isn’t the (whole) issue for me- it is that fact that it creates a homogenized (often vocal) sound that keeps me away from it.

You see, I am a believer in the individuality of your noise.  No one else has your voice.  Literally. Putting it on a signal chain scrubbing your imperfections often times equates to scrubbing the reality out of your record- and hopefully we gravitate towards that reality and honesty as listeners. (If not, disregard my entire existence.)

Now I am not asking anyone to put out records without their best possible performances on them, that would be an unrealistic view of making a record, but rather to accept you don’t need software to be the solution.  Often times the imperfections of a record are what make it equally meaningful for both creators and listeners alike. Often times a missed note is the start of another, better performance.  Often times a mistake is the reason we arrive at an innovative solution.  Plus, technology normally ages like shit.

Talk soon,

Rick @ Handwritten.

*This has been the least humorous blah-g post I have ever written.   I now also hold that again AutoTune.  My next post will be a humor filled roast of terrible keyboard patches.




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