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Auto-Tune in Africa

Title: Auto-Tune in Africa: A Study of the Factors Leading to the Phenomenon.
Name(s): Stanley, Andrew, author
College of Music
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2012
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Auto-Tune is a fascinating phenomenon in the modern music industry. It has gained a large amount of popularity over the past ten years, and it is constantly heard in popular music hits and on the radio. However, in most discussions involving music, Auto-Tune is often regarded as a novelty, or as something that serious musicians do not bother using. This stigma has followed it into scholarship, where there has been little to no study of its impact. Auto-Tune's use is not only limited to the United States. It is particularly popular throughout the African continent, which is the region I chose to focus on in this thesis. This thesis seeks to answer why Auto-Tune has become so popular in modern African popular music, and to provide evidence of said popularity. I believe that this question can be answered by looking at three facets of modern society. First, Auto-Tune appears to have become a globalized commodity that links and unifies different regions and the mindsets that utilize it. Additionally, the music industry has been working towards a goal of near total control over music production since its creation, and the influence from the large record companies around the world has grown over the last ten years, leading to a dispersal of this mindset, in form of a musical "standard" of production. Furthermore, Auto-Tune presents itself with a number of qualities that appeal to the musical mentality that exists throughout the African continent. These qualities reflect the importance of community and language, a variety of technical features reflected in the music, and also fit into the established history of hybridity within the African continent.
Identifier: FSU_migr_uhm-0127 (IID)
Keywords: Auto-Tune, Africa, Popular Music, Record Industy, Honors, Thesis
Citation: Stanley, Andrew M. "Auto-Tune in Africa: A Study of the Factors Leading to the Phenomenon." Honors Thesis, Florida State University, 2012.
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the College of Music in partial fulfillment of the requirements for graduation with Honors in the Major.
Degree Awarded: Fall Semester, 2012.
Date of Defense: November 26, 2012.
Subject(s): Africa
African languages
Social life and customs
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Host Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Honors Theses.

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