Monthly Archives: January 2010

What I Did Over My Winter Break…

Happy New Year, my friends! Hard to believe it’s 2010. As I look back over the last year, it’s crazy to think of how many places we’ve traveled, and how many of you we’ve seen and spoken with…
In any event, after I returned from AUGXL in Amsterdam, I took the pre-holiday time to reflect a bit and enjoy some non-travel/work-from-home for a change. During that time, I also listened to an enormous amount of music and caught up on the dozens of shows I’d TiVo’ed over the past months: one show in particular, Glee, was a new fave, but I couldn’t help but notice the extreme use of AutoTune on all the tracks. This isn’t uncommon for today’s pop music, but it kinda irked me that here were kids who could really sing, and yet, producers felt compelled to deliver the tunes in that way.
From commercial to commercial, live concert to live concert, even the broadcast of the Rock&Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary Concert on HBO, I kept hearing this new (autotuned) breed of obviously-corrected music…and it started eating away at me.

My Life Would Suck Without You – A 30-minute ReMake (Auto-Tune) from Jason Levine on Vimeo.

So what’s a man to do? Well, those of you who’ve read and heard my musical rants know that I’m all about the technology, but I am indeed a purist (re: musical snob to a degree) and I *do* like to keep it real in the studio, personally. So I simply had no choice other than to see if I could re-make a popular song of the day (Kelly Clarkson’s “My Life Would Suck Without You”), do it in 30 minutes from start-to-finish (recording all the instrumental parts, singing a few vocals, and mixing it) and showcase that though it *can* be done, it’s not really how I want to listen to music…

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