How to Wreck a Nice Beach: The Vocoder from World War II to Hip-Hop, The Machine Speaks
Hardcover Book Details
- 334 Pages
- Heavily Illustrated In B&W and Full Color Photos
- Released: April 6, 2010
- Originally Released: 2010
- Publisher: Stopsmiling Books
Description by OLDIES.com:
In How to Wreck a Nice Beach - from a mis-hearing of the vocoder-rendered phrase "how to recognize speech" - music journalist Dave Tompkins traces the history of electronic voices from Nazi research labs to Stalin's gulags, from the 1939 World'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, "We must go off!" 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 music's most provocative innovators.
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