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A STRONG ARGUMENT FOR AUTO-TUNE & OTHER STUDIO EFFECTS

Posted by Billyjam, January 7, 2010 01:45pm | Post a Comment
 Is it live? Yes it is. Ke$ha & her crew on The Tonight Show

Ke$ha
Last night's live "performance" by pop sensation of the moment  Ke$ha of her hit "Tik Tok," off her debut album Animal, on Conan O'Brien's show provided a very strong argument for the use of Auto-Tune and other studio effects to help smooth out an otherwise God awful rendition of her current disposable pop single. Compare last night's poor live performance that lacked any studio effects above (right down to the amatuer choreography that wouldn't make it past the first round of American Idol) with the far superior official music video version of the same song below. The difference is like night and day. 

The official video version has racked up over six million YouTube views since it was posted a couple of months ago with the digital single selling over half a million copies just last week. It showcases the studio version of this song for what it is: a really good, rap-fused dance/pop tune with a memorable melody. But taken out of the studio setting, sans effects, it just doesn't translate, and, to me, proves that some artists shouldn't venture out of the security of the studio and its effects until they are ready, if at all.


Ke$ha "Tik Tok" official video version

Armonico Hewa says what? ask OOIOO...

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, November 18, 2009 11:34pm | Post a Comment
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It must be good being Yoshimi P-We. It seems to me that she's had a pretty great year, what with her Boredoms gig at All Tomorrow's Parties in New York, her ambitious sounding project aboard a Russian ferry, soundtracking this past summer's solar eclipse off the southernyoshimi p-we ooioo boredoms free kitten live japanese underground experimental rock band girl group coast of Japan, two releases on the side: Bar-Cozmik (as Yoshimio) and Tingaruda (as OLAibi), not to mention the big fat recent new release from my favorite branch of the Yoshimi tree -- the all-girl, always exciting OOIOO. Amidst all this artistic activity, Yoshimi also gave birth to her second child this year. No wonder Wayne Coyne named a record after her

When OOIOO released Taiga a few years back I fancied that listening to it was a lot like journeying into an hour long, aural tour de la nature -- a sonogram for one of those excellent macrocosmic David Attenborough documentaries where frozen, aurora-enshrouded forests of the North exist minutes from warmer climes where glacier-fueled rivers rush chuckling over rock and mud towards temperate seas. What stellar programming like Planet Earth does for your eyes in the comfort of your home, extraordinary sounds like that of OOIOO do for your ears within the infinite expanse of your mind. This may come across as cheesy (only the easiest cheese, please), but it reminds me of something Obi-Wan Kenobi explained to Luke as he struggled to find his bearings with the Force: "your eyes can deceive you; don't trust them...stretch out with your feelings." Listening to OOIOO, for me, is like star wars twin sunset two suns on tatooine luke skywalker episode four a new hopeletting the Force flow through you, no blast shield required.

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