I had intended to use a misheard lyric from the Cocteau Twins but no one could tell what the original lyric was supposed to be. I spent a lot of yesterday listening to the Cocteau Twins after I heard one of their songs in a shop. And there is, frankly, a rather large pool of misheard lyrics to pick from here.
It’s quite frightening what you can do in terms of making music with not a lot of equipment these days. This is pretty self-evident, but I’ve just seen a press release for a company called Live Studio Drums, who had the idea of supplying multitrack drums to order. To explain, you send them an e-mail detailing roughly what you want along with a copy of a rough version of the song. They then record a real drummer playing a real drum kit and send you it. Depending how much you are willing to pay this can either happen within 24 hours or 21 business days. So now you don’t actually need a drummer to get real drum tracks, forget spending hours at a sequencer or drum machine trying to make programmed drums sound realistic. Or even worse actually getting one of those drummer people to come in to record with a big noisy drum kit.
Then there is Vocaloid. Most people have heard computer-type voices even if, like the Cylons on Battlestar Galactica or the Daleks in Dr Who, the voices were actually originally a real person talking. Now computer can sing, not incredibly realistically (which isn’t the same as singing “well,” they sing too well to be realistic) but close enough to provide backing vocals which no one really pays close attention to anyway.
Wandering about the Morrisons supermarket just after lunchtime today. I’m not proud but I had to buy food for tonight and since the take over of Safeway by Morrisons we now had 3 Morrisons stores in the area, One (an ex-Safeway) was shut, another (ex-Safeway) now has fairly limited stock and the last (a Morrisons originally) was never particularly well-lit or a pleasant space to spend time in but it has a better range. Anyway, they were playing music in this Morrisons as they are want to do to encourage you to come in and buy stuff. This particular Morrisons generally favours songs of the early to mid 1990s, but this time it was playing a song by Maroon 5 and at the low volume level it was incredibly obvious that the recording of the singer had been toyed with for the same reason as Vocaloid sounds unrealistic the notes were too perfectly hit and held.
So maybe all the makers of Vocaloid need to do is find a halfway point. They don’t have to sound like a singer, just a bad singer who has been artificially sorted out later on.
Related links for this stuff:
Live Studio Drums
Noises from Battlestar Galactica
A fairly typical Dalek Noise
Morrisons but no pictures of the Leeds city centre store, oh no.
If you actually want to listen to Maroon 5 then I don’t think anything can help you now.