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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.

We Work Remotely

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!

Auto-Tune

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.