Auto-Tune everything, please (Video)
Don't let the Auto-Tuned drones who populated last night's MTV Video Music Awards ruin the manipulated musical styling that T-Pain and Cher made famous.
There is a good use for the old Auto-Tune yet: making amazing music videos out of speeches. Building on what should have been a one-hit Web wonder, the group Auto-Tune the News has been turning political speeches into hilarious song-and-dance routines with the help of the pitch-correction tool.
(What is Auto-Tune? Sasha Frere-Jones explains its rise from a music producer's best-kept secret to dominating the pop scene here.)
Auto-Tune the News is now on its 13th video, and it's getting help from Weezer to make President Obama and Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) musical virtuosos. "The Daily Show" may finally be meeting its match in teasing politicians with their own words.
Auto-Tune the News has even managed to break into the Billboard Top 100 with Antoine Dodson's operatic hit. I, for one, much prefer this send-up:
And lest we think politicians are the only ones rocking out, don't forget the Symphony of Science, a group that gives Carl Sagan, Stephen Hawking and Richard Dawkins the rock star treatment. This video marks its fourth foray into scientific singing:
Long live Auto-Tune!