How to Wreck a Nice Beach

How to Wreck a Nice Beach

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The history of the vocoder: how popular music hijacked the Pentagon's speech scrambling weapon The vocoder, invented by Bell Labs in 1928, once guarded phones from eavesdroppers during World War II; by the Vietnam War, it was repurposed as a voice-altering tool for musicians, and is now the ubiquitous voice of popular music. In How to Wreck a Nice Beacha€”from a mis-hearing of the vocoder-rendered phrase a€œhow to recognize speecha€a€”music journalist Dave Tompkins traces the history of electronic voices from Nazi research labs to Stalina€™s gulags, from the 1939 Worlda€™s Fair to Hiroshima, from artificial larynges to Auto-Tune. We see the vocoder brush up against FDR, JFK, Stanley Kubrick, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, Kraftwerk, the Cylons, Henry Kissinger, and Winston Churchill, who boomed, when vocoderized on V-E Day, a€œWe must go off!a€ And now vocoder technology is a cell phone standard, allowing a digital replica of your voice to sound human. From T-Mobile to T-Pain, How to Wreck a Nice Beach is a riveting saga of technology and culture, illuminating the work of some of musica€™s most provocative innovators. From the Hardcover edition.From T-Mobile to T-Pain, How to Wreck a Nice Beach is a riveting saga of technology and culture, illuminating the work of some of musica€™s most provocative innovators. From the Hardcover edition.


Title:How to Wreck a Nice Beach
Author: Dave Tompkins
Publisher:Melville House - 2011-11-08
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