Journalists spend way too much time chasing the ephemera of Youtube, which is a hungry, hungry medium. But I had just finished doing a little project on the music of Leos Janacek when I discovered the Bed Intruder Song, which uses Auto-Tune technology to turn speech into song. Janacek, like opera composers before and after him, was looking for a melodic and musical style that would reflect the spoken rhythms and inflections of Czech. Auto-Tune can make the process almost ridiculously literal. I tried to make connections between the two forms in a column for The Washington Post. But I won’t be chasing online video memes again any time soon. I hope.
Daily Archives: August 29, 2010