kottke.org posts about Auto-Tune

Carl Sagan Auto-Tune (feat. Stephen Hawking)

posted by Jason Kottke   Oct 08, 2009

Maybe you’re tired of un-pop-music-like things being run through Auto-Tune, but I’m not quite there yet. This Auto-Tuned Carl Sagan mix is very nearly sublime.

Auto-Tuned toddler sings his ABCs

posted by Jason Kottke   Sep 08, 2009

So, I finally got the T-Pain iPhone app working.

Introducing the first iPhone app to give you Auto-Tune in the palm of your hand. You can sing along to T-Pain’s hits or create your own. You can record and share your genius with the world.

It didn’t work too well with my voice so I tried it on Ollie. Here’s Ollie singing his ABCs in Auto-Tune:

Stick around until the end…it’s the best part.

Auto-Tune the News (feat. T-Pain)

posted by Jason Kottke   Sep 03, 2009

It took Auto-Tune the News only eight episodes to get T-Pain on board.

Can’t get enough of Auto-Tune the News

posted by Jason Kottke   Jun 19, 2009

Is installment #5 the best Auto-Tune the News yet? Shawty!


posted by Jason Kottke   Apr 23, 2009

The voice modulation technology isn’t just for pop songs anymore. Check out Blake tries to talk to Jack about the homepage:

Babies crying in Auto-Tune is pretty hilarious: Baby T-Pain 1, Baby T-Pain 2.

But Auto-Tuning the News takes the prize.

Pay particular attention to Katie Couric at 1:20. Awesome. (thx, matt)

Update: Whoa, Martin Luther King’s I Have A Dream speech run through Auto-Tune. (thx, matthew)

Update: Winston Churchill + Auto-Tune = [you don’t need me to tell you the answer to this].

Sasha Frere-Jones on Auto-Tune

posted by Jason Kottke   Jun 06, 2008

Sasha Frere-Jones on Auto-Tune, the studio gizmo responsible for the cool/cheesy voice effects in Cher’s Believe and, more recently, most of T-Pain’s work.

T-Pain, who is currently working on his third album, “Thr33 Ringz,” spoke to me on the phone from his studio in Miami. He first heard the Auto-Tune effect on a song by Jennifer Lopez — he doesn’t remember which one — and borrowed it for a mixtape appearance in 2003. He says it’s no trade secret that he uses Auto-Tune with the retune speed set to zero, and likes to recall a time he spent selling fish out of a truck with his father in Tallahassee: “My dad said, ‘They can know what you’re using, but they’ll never know how to use it. They can see that we’re using salt and pepper.’”

Frere-Jones demonstrates how Auto-Tune works in a short audio segment. Anil Dash wrote about Auto-Tune in the context of Snoop Dogg’s recent Sensual Seduction video. A free Auto-Tune clone called GSnap is available for free.

I uploaded a few of Auto-Tune’s greatest hits to my Muxtape: have a listen.