By Christopher Rosa
It’s not hard to record a song nowadays—a laptop, GarageBand and microphone are all one needs to crank out a decent track. And with the magic of Auto-Tune, you can even sound pitch perfect. It’s no surprise that artists flock to this tool to amp up their game, some abusing it to disguise the fact that they can’t really sing at all. It’s like a pop P.E.D.! But music’s most notorious tool isn’t always used for evil.
In some cases, producers use Auto-Tune for artistic expression to add a different aesthetic to their music. The processor gives new life to these songs, making them sound more futuristic, other-worldly and very addictive. Just check out these 10 great tracks! Ranging from pop, rap, and even country, Auto-Tune sends these songs into outer space. Oh, and the peeps can sing too. Check it out.
10. “Not Myself Tonight” by Christina Aguilera
Aguilera explored futuristic sounds throughout her 2010 album Bionic, seen most explosively on its first single, “Not Myself Tonight.” The electro-banger blends Aguilera’s out-of-this-world pipes with synth-heavy beats. The sonic peak at the 2-minute mark is particularly exciting.
9. “Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin’)” by T-Pain feat. Yung Joc
T-Pain is known for his Auto-Tune-drenched tracks, but he can certainly rap without it. “Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin’)” is very computer heavy, which gives it an ecstasy-packed oomph.
8. “Disturbia” by Rihanna
This Grammy-nominated song gets its dark and eerie vibe from synthesized effects. The icy moan at the 1:10 mark is especially disturbing (eh?).