The Adventures of Don Chapman

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Sunday, February 04, 2007

Poor Billy Joel

Billy Joel's rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner" for the Super Bowl was absolutely the most wretched thing I've ever heard on network television. Some idiot must have convinced him to auto-tune his voice - it sounded like a version of Cher's "Believe" gone haywire. [For non-musicians - Antares is a company that makes a device that, when plugged into a sound board, can instantly correct the pitch of anyone singing into the mic. Unfortunately if your pitch isn't very good, the device will choose to correct to the wrong note and it can sound robotic.]

The last time I heard that weird pitch correction sound was when I attempted to auto-tune off-pitch housewives who sang on the church praise team. They were so flat that the auto-tune couldn't detect the right pitch and would flutter the note back and forth.

Update 03.08.07 I just found it on YouTube for your listening pleasure. Hideous.

4 Comments:

  • At 2:16 AM , Blogger Joe Wood said...

    Don Chapman watching the Super Bowl?? What's up with that?

     
  • At 4:16 PM , Blogger Don Chapman said...

    I wasn't really watching the show, Chris and Sarah were. I was working on tracks in my studio and Chris would come down during commercials and sing!

     
  • At 2:39 AM , Blogger Mon said...

    I don't get it. What's wrong if you're watching Super Bowl?

    National anthems should be sung in their original arrangement.

    Like the Philippines national anthem, it's a march. I hate it when "divas" sing it ala-Mariah Carey. My goose neck.

     
  • At 2:39 AM , Blogger Mon said...

    Should be Philippine national anthem.

     

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