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Auto-Tune Is A Disease

We received the following about the first video by The Lingering Doubts whose debut album (cleverly titled The Lingering Doubts) was released earlier this week by New York indie L.E.S. Records. The song is "Auto-Tune Is A Disease" and is a reflection of TLD frontman Christian Dyas' feelings about digitally altered music. When he's not leading the band, he works as music director for Blue Man Group where, he reveals, that on occasion "We actually use Auto-Tune in the group's shows -- as a send-up. He goes on to reflect, "I feel bad that the kids watching Glee think these people actually sing that way; it's painfully obvious that much of what you hear is Auto-Tuned to death."

His band's song is, of course, tongue-in-cheek; Chris kids that "It's a rallying cry against a piece of software." But he adds, "The impact that computers have had on music is really depressing."

"Some of my favorite recordings, from when I was a kid in the 80s.. punk and post-punk, were by bands who didn't sing perfectly in tune. Joe Strummer would be considered 'pitchy' by contemporary standards. The blues and jazz where it all comes from is all about the 'blue note' -- the place that's in between the regular notes. Auto-Tune takes the character of our singing; there's so much variety of sound from voices recorded in the Auto-Tuneless past. Today, a lot of what's popular is by people who spend all day in the gym to look good on TV and only appear to be talented. They found a way to sell music to people who aren't passionate about music and Auto-Tune plays a significant role in that ruse." Check it out here

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