This is the second try at this, a sign of how my day has been going already. It is a copy and paste, so excuse the picture and caption problems (among other things).
What would I un-invent: The auto-tune software that has been overused in songs and albums since its mainstream release in 1997.
Why?: Look at music over the last 15 years, mainly pop and R&B. Sure, trends go in waves, but some of these are getting ridiculous. I wonder if some of these artists really sing or if they are just the face to the computer voice.
I am not against some use of this in music, like I am not against some use of sampling. Both are used over and over again to where “artists” are a joke, but I could only pick one thing to un-invent.
Not everybody is meant to be a star, sorry to say. People used to hate Simon Cowell on American Idol (which I only watched two seasons of) for his brutal honesty. Auto tune has turned the music industry into a bunch of kids playing soccer, where everyone has to get a one-hit wonder and YouTube fame than a trophy for participation.
Potential repercussions?: I was going to say fewer labels or one-hit wonders, but I don’t think that is true. Look at the novelty songs of the past and the keyboard-synthesizer assisted tunes of the 70s and 80s. You can add to your sound to make up for a mediocre voice without going crazy. One-hit wonders will always be around, the public is just like that sometimes.
Maybe the biggest repercussion is the one that effects me personally: no headaches from trying to figure out who I am listening to since everyone sounds the same today. And being able to cancel my satellite radio subscription to keep from avoiding the same five overprocessed songs on the channels available to me.
Possible alternative: Well, I already mentioned keyboard and synthesizer as elements to use to make a song sound different and offset a less talented voice.
More reliance on true talent and building them up instead of going for the quick bucks of sales? OK, that is idealistic, but as a consumer one can hope.7 This many people loved/liked this post!