Auto Tune: Making Stars Out of Trash

Connor Relyea, Editor-in-Chief

“Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday,” is the chorus to the infamous song by Rebecca Black, “Friday.” With the use of auto tuning, “stars” (and I use quotations because these people aren’t stars in the true sense of the word) are being made left and right, coupled with the use of Youtube.

Now many readers may not know exactly what Auto-Tune is. Auto-Tune is a type of software that is produced by Antares Audio Technologies. Auto-Tune is used to disguise off-key occurrences, mistakes and inaccuracies in vocal and instrumental performances. Auto-Tune has been used to allow singers to perform perfectly while not having to actually sing in tune. Many different bands use Auto-Tune for part of their tracks since it can be used for different effects with the voice and even bending or distorting the voice. Such artists include: Attack Attack! I Set My Friends On Fire, Avenged Sevenfold, Cher, Faith Hill, Shania Twain, Tim McGraw, Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, and Kanye West. As you can see star performers from all different musical genres use Auto-Tune in their music. But since Auto-Tune is available to the public, many different kinds of “stars” have been appearing all over.

Youtube lately has been known for producing new Auto-Tune artists that are making a craze of critics. Some artists like “Auto-Tune the News” are humorous and use different news pieces to make catchy and funny music numbers like “The Bed Intruder Song” and “Backing Up.” But along with the comical Youtube videos come the more infamous ones like “Friday” and “My Jeans.” The artists of these pieces have been able to use Auto-Tune to make it seem like they actually have talent. These videos depict teenagers at their finest moments such as: eating cereal, waiting at the bus stop, lamenting the starlets wearing your jeans and going through the days of the week on a calendar. Unfortunately for these videos, these moments are all terribly planned and just because they’re singing and using Auto-Tune doesn’t mean they’re making music. These videos have gained so much popularity from people making fun of them that they are some of the most viewed videos on Youtube with “Friday” having over 98 million views.

The use of Auto-Tune is also used on the hit TV show, Glee. All the singers are Auto-Tuned so as to give the music the best quality possible. This simple act, however, makes some people upset. All of the singers and actors that are on Glee are all extremely talented (if you want proof look up “A Very Potter Musical” on Youtube where you can see Glee star Darren Criss who plays Blaine in Glee before his Auto-Tune days singing as Harry Potter) and many fans think it’s a shame that their voices are Auto-Tuned.

The Auto-Tune craze is sweeping across the nation and many people aren’t fans of it. But it seems like it’s here to stay.