Wednesday, July 28, 2004

More Reader email

One reader asks:
Any particular songs you recommend for Nachamu?
Apart from the obvious Nachamu songs by Carlebach and Safam, I like songs from the liturgy like " Rina V'yeshua" and "Ki Nicham." Songs about Yerusholayim appeal too. But, it also depends on the audience.

Another reader asks:
Would you play this chupa?
I try not to book weddings when it seems quite likely that they will not happen.

Another reader wants my opinion on one of the acapella recordings. I've been over this before. The autotune these acts have been using and abusing is audible and contributes to the "lame, processed, electronic" sound this respondent is hearing.

Here's an explanation of how autotune works, courtesy of Instapundit. It is possible to use pitch correction juduciously, so that it's almost transparent, but that's not how the engineers on these projects are using it. The irony is that some of these guys actually can sing, and would probably sound much better without the pitch correction. They seem to have the notion that every note must be perfectly in tune,but to my ears, the natural variances in intonation are a key part of a vocal's charm. In either case, I'd think that they should "pitch" only the problem parts, instead of the entire vocal track. It would help the vocals sound more natural and less "synthy" even in cases where a pitch shifter was used.

In response to this post about "Fiddler" Jordan Hirsch observes:
It's amazing what kind of myths we are willing to accept about ourselves.

In response to this post, David Bogner observes:
Always a wise marketing move in the shiny shoe music business: Diss the Rabbinic establishment. Nice.