Auto-tune, and why we shouldn't be surprised that Britney can't sing

Browning, Yanto (2014) Auto-tune, and why we shouldn't be surprised that Britney can't sing. The Conversation, July(17).

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Put Britney Spears into a YouTube search and the third auto-fill on the list is “Britney Spears without Autotune”. Auto-Tune has become the music industry equivalent of doping in the Tour de France circa 2005; we know everyone’s doing it, but we still have a sense of surprise and outrage when it becomes public.

In the last week or so a video has surfaced of the pop singer Britney Spears – with examples of her vocal before and after processing. Whether or not the “before” version is actually the raw material for the “after” version is difficult to say.

What’s not difficult to say is that the “before” vocal is distinctly lacking in a demonstrable ability to sing in tune.

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ID Code: 76426
Item Type: Journal Article
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Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
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Current > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
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Deposited On: 30 Sep 2014 23:03
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