Wednesday, 12 March 2008


Insert impressed expletive here.

Melodyne brought out my female side for doing the vocals to "Pepper Spray," which by the way were originally sung in monotone.


Anonymous said...

Superb! Now one really doesn't need any sort of playing abilities to create music.

I look forward to the day when software can analyze my farts to determine what music I like the most and produce it for me.

cylob said...

er... you haven't needed any playing abilities for a very long time now, actually.

Anonymous said...

You're right for most techno you didn't need much talent for a ages now. But when it comes to using "real" instruments like what that demo showed that's usually been out of reach of all but those who knew how to play the instrument.

That demo was pretty cool don't get me wrong but he hit the nail on the head when he talked about all those loops you have on your computer.

So yeah, now you don't need any real playing ability with any given instrument because you can nick a sample of a chord or whatever and rearrange the notes until it sounds good. Whereas before all the kids were stuck with just that one loop.

The Naturebot said...

Saw this the other day, got the demo, spent a night peeing myself over it.

I was wondering what exactly what was going on in Pepper Spray!

Holmes said...

I don't think it's quite as simple as that. Using melodyne to pitch instrument loops isn't going to create good music, or fool everybody into thinking that it's real. Come on, some of us out here can hear whether it's someone actually playing and not some canned thing. Further, instrumental playing ability alone, which is certainly necessary for certain types of music, doesn't equate to talent and doesn't necessarily create good music either. There are the elements of feel, groove, subtleties of touch, vibe, focus, etc. So just as you can never fully replicate it with clever programming, pitched loops, and software, you also can't get it with mere instrumental technique. It's not what you're playing but how you're playing it.

And then in the realm of non-realtime stuff, that isn't played in natural style with instruments, it's the same kind of thing. Some of it just comes together, through (amongst other things) good taste and experience, gives off moods and/or emotions, for example, like Cylob here. And the software isn't going to make that happen. I guess the point is that in the end it really comes down to spirit, inspiration and where someone's at, as opposed to being just about instrumental technique or lack thereof, tools and/or software.