Loud Music is a $40 Fine

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July 12, 2007

Digital Music

So, the Spice Girls had to go to the studio and record their “perfect” parts before their appearance at the Concert for Dianna? Seems they felt they were a little rusty in the vocal department, and decided to use some computer technology to “help” them out.

In a nutshell, what they did was record the vocals as they should be, and then during the live performance, the software compares what’s coming out of their mouth with this pre-recorded “perfect” sound, and “fixes” the resulting audio, all within a split second, so there’s no visible delay.

What the Daily Mail article doesn’t mention is whether or not they used vocal “sweetening” in the recording process to get their perfect sound. Nowadays, you can take an off-pitch vocal and, with the right software, make it pitch-perfect. It’s possible then that the “perfect” vocals will be based on already-processed vocals. Seems like it’d have been easier just to lip sync their shows.

You have to wonder how many other acts are using this technology, both live and in the studio? I’m sure the studio use of this technology is widespread, and I’d guess the live application will give some American Idol alums a longer touring life.

But shouldn’t there be some sort of “truth in entertainment” law? Music fakery has been happening for decades. As I wrote about yesterday, “bands” have been created to be nothing but pretty faces for the public to see. Probably the most glaring example of this is Milli Vanilli. Unlike Ohio Express, those guys didn’t even try using their own voices on the records.

I believe we’re going to get to the point where you can’t really trust what’s on the CD package (you already can’t trust the record labels). Technology is only going to make it easier for these kinds of frauds to be foisted on the public.

Hat tip: Taxing Tennessee

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