(Via The Quietus)

Auto-Tune was first used as a behind-the-scenes way to smooth over small errors, both live and in studio, and used as intended, it is inaudible, existing only as the lack of imperfection. But in 1998, Cher’s single 'Believe’ became the first pop song to reveal the man behind the curtain, to make Auto-Tune not subject, but object. As Sasha Frere-Jones put it, the use of Auto-Tune in 'Believe’ represented “a controlled version of losing control, hinting at various histrionic stations of the human voice . . . without troubling the singer.” While T-Pain became synonymous with the overt misuse of Auto-Tune by turning it into a cheap gag, this sense of detachment is where it has been put to most interesting use. On Kanye’s 808s and Heartbreak and Bon Iver’s Blood Bank EP, Auto-Tune was both a screen and a net, there to catch singers dealing with such intense material they seemed perpetually about to fall into the farthest abyss. Its detachment meant safety.

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