The Living Force
Iconoclast said:- just this week i became aware of a widely used tool in mass-music production, called 'autotune'
_http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auto-TuneAuto-Tune is a proprietary audio processor created by Antares Audio Technologies that uses a phase vocoder to correct pitch in vocal and instrumental performances. It is used to disguise inaccuracies and mistakes, and has allowed many artists to produce more precisely tuned recordings.
Auto-Tune was initially created by Andy Hildebrand, an engineer working for Exxon. Hildebrand developed methods for interpreting seismic data, and subsequently realized that the technology could be used to detect, analyze, and modify pitch.
here is a video about it: _http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/sciencenow/0401/03.html
not sure how this fits in here, just thought i'd mention it.
I'm aware this technology has been in use for quite awhile now. However, thinking about it just now something came to mind...
Gurdjieff mentions the use of "inner octaves" for the purpose of creating "objective" music. I believe he mentions snake charmers as being a very rudimentary example of this. My thought was that perhaps production studios with some knowledge and awareness of inner octaves may be using this technology to create a certain sort of "objective" music in the negative sense. Something to induce suicides, murders and other nefarious programs as mentioned in this latest session. With such subtle manipulation of a vocalist's pitch it seems reasonable that somebody could accomplish this.
Then again, there may be some vocalists due to their development have a natural tenancy to create these inner octave tones naturally. These might be the ones that ultimately get "signed" to the big labels.
I suspect these inner octaves would still come through via mp3 or with any other modern recording and playback technology. These compression algorithms don't really effect the pitch to any large degree. It's mostly about canceling frequencies that the human ear naturally doesn't hear well anyways. On lower quality mp3s, I can usually tell the difference in the highs and sometimes the bass (if it's loud enough), but the melodies and pitch sound almost exact.