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Music, Hear This Skream and Benga: Show Preview

Skream and Benga: Show Preview

Like electro-house's redlining sawtooth synths in '05 and '06, and T-Pain's Auto-Tuned vocals in '07 and '08, dubstep's swollen bass wobble has become the inescapable sound of the moment, found on label-commissioned remixes and TV commercials alike. Popular on both…
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Music, All Shook Down T-Pain Goes After Auto-Tune Maker Antares, Company "Quite Surprised" By Lawsuit

T-Pain Goes After Auto-Tune Maker Antares, Company "Quite Surprised" By Lawsuit

So this might sound crazy, but T-Pain's voice doesn't actually sound the way it does in his songs -- he uses this thing called Auto-Tune to make it sound different. Wild, right? And this might sound even crazier, but the…
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News, The Snitch T-Pain Sues Auto-Tune Company He Used to Endorse

T-Pain Sues Auto-Tune Company He Used to Endorse

Rapper T-Pain, famous for his use and endorsement of Auto-Tune technology in his music, has sued Antares, the company that makes Auto-Tune, claiming that it used his image and name in marketing Auto-Tune software without his consent.After three albums and…
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Music, All Shook Down Mistah Fab, T-Pain, and the Cataracs Conspire for a Pop Breakthrough with "City Nights"

Mistah Fab, T-Pain, and the Cataracs Conspire for a Pop Breakthrough with "City Nights"

Here's another maverick move from Oakland's Mistah Fab. It's called "City Nights," and it's a radio-friendly pop rave up featuring the Auto-Tuned likes of T-Pain and production by the Cataracs (whom you may know from last summer's "Like a G6").…
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News, The Snitch T-Pain + DataSF = Tinny Voiced Do-Gooder Web Apps?

T-Pain + DataSF = Tinny Voiced Do-Gooder Web Apps?

Calling all computer-whiz nerds: not one, but two Bay Area-based Web application contests were announced this week. First, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom has been helping to promote the DataSF App contest, which challenges entrants to create civic-minded applications based…
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Music, All Shook Down Town Bizness Cancels SF Show

Town Bizness Cancels SF Show

Too $hort's highly-anticipated supergroup Town Bizness  has canceled their scheduled March 27 show at the Grand Ballroom. No official reason was given for the cancellation, and the show has yet to be rescheduled. A representative for $hort's label Up…
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Music, All Shook Down Last Night: KMEL Block Party at Oracle Arena

Last Night: KMEL Block Party at Oracle Arena

(T-Pain) KMEL Block Party Oracle Arena, Oakland August 7, 2008 Review by Tamara Palmer Better than: Bloc Party, the British indie rock band. Watch: KMEL’s official recap and backstage interviews. It was national stars and not local talent that…
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A brief history of vocal fakery from Zapp to "Lollipop"

When the vocoder was first invented in the 1930s, it was intended as a telecommunications encoder for speech encryption and transmission. Okay, so the history is dry, but the signal is wet, and the pitch-shifting, compressed sound has been drizzled…
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Music, Mixtape Shmixtape

Mixtape Shmixtape

In the first installment of this segment last month, we mentioned a few basic points about mixtapes, including that they're mainly on CD format. For this month's edition ("Shmixtape 2: Electric Boogaloo") there's a need to slightly modify that definition:…
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