The production was handled by West, with an extended outro co-produced with Mike Dean. The composition is electronic in nature, employing synthesizers as its prominent instrument. On "Stronger", West speaks about the resolve that comes when one is faced with adversity, with lyrics at the song's refrain that paraphrase Friedrich Nietzsche 's dictum " What does not kill me makes me stronger ".
West also describes "Stronger" as an "emancipation", using the track to vent his frustration over mistakes he made in the past year. The song's production process was arduous, with West and his team mixing the track reportedly over 75 times, including after its release as a single. Although he worked with eight different audio engineers and eleven different mix engineers around the world for the track, West still felt dissatisfied with the results and decided to enlist the aid of record producer Timbaland in redoing its drum programming prior to the release of Graduation.
West felt "Stronger" paled in comparison to the sampled original, but Daft Punk were delighted by the song, leading to future collaborations. The single's music video was directed by Hype Williamsfeatures sci-fi imagery based on the anime film Akiraand was shot largely in TokyoJapan. Kanye West's use of shutter shades in the music video became a signature of his in the late s. Released as a single on July 31,"Stronger" would top the Billboard Hot several weeks later, becoming West's third number-one single.
It was a top ten single in ten countries, topping the charts in four of them, including the United Kingdom. The song was praised by music critics. The song's popularity has been accredited to not only encouraging other hip-hop artists to incorporate house and electronica elements into their music, but also for playing a part in the revival of disco and electro -infused music in the ensuing years.
The single's front cover art was released on West's website on June 28, It was designed by Japanese artist Takashi Murakamiwhom Kanye West collaborated with to produce the artwork for Graduation. The sci-fi imagery of the video inspired West to take his music in a more futuristic direction.
When asked about their take on hip-hop music and how rappers like West were suddenly fascinated by their music, Bangalter replied that, "Hip-hop has always been exciting and interesting to us. The two had first heard the new song on Power while on a San Francisco flight.
As de Homem-Christo stated, "Our song had a good sound, but when [the radio DJ] put Kanye's record on, the sound was really fat. It sounds really big. West subsequently "slowed down and loosened the rhythmand overdubbed pulsating synthsevocative rapping and singing.When Andy Hildebranda geophysicist who spent decades working in the oil industry, sat down to discuss the next chapter of his life at a dinner party, little did he know that things would turn out the way they have.
An ingenious mathematician, Hildebrand spent a large portion of his adult life interpreting seismic data for oil companies. Using a formula known as "autocorrelation," he sent sound waves to the bottom of the ocean floor, and recorded the reverberations from above the surface. But after years spent searching for oil, Hildebrand was suddenly helping T-PainCher and a Euro-pop group called Eiffel 65 score massive pop hits.
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How exactly? Well, from autocorrelation came Auto-Tune, a plugin configured by software company Antares Audio Companyand patented by Hildebrand. The plugin, which Hildebrand tinkered around with for several months after a dinner party at which a friend joked about using a device to help her sing, had the ability to tune dud musical notes to the nearest acceptable pitch.
And what should have been a fad continues to revolutionise music over 20 years later. This is the story of Auto-Tune in seven songs. Cher — Believe. When Auto-Tune was launched, everyone wanted in, and of course they did.
The plugin saved studio time and gave songs an impeccable sheen with minimal effort. The songs of sounded perfect, and better yet, the new plugin, which was lifting songs in new ways, basically went undetected. That is, until Cher came along.
When she heard a telephone vocal effect on TV that she liked, she wanted to recreate the sound for her dance album, Believe. Auto-Tune had previously gone undetected, but on Believe it was exposed in all of its robotic glory.
Eiffel 65 — Too Much Of Heaven. Auto-Tune came to revolutionise lates dance music just as the electric guitar changed rock 'n' roll several decades prior. On their track, Too Much Of Heaven they pulled Auto-Tune out of its dance music box, and were the first musicians to use it while rapping.
They deliberately sang in flat notes to exacerbate the effect, unwittingly tagging themselves onto the forefront of a new movement, as Auto-Tune found its way from dance music to hip-hop and R 'n' B. T-Pain — I'm Sprung. While it had been used sparingly or discreetly before, T-Pain might have been the first artist to truly individualise Auto-Tune.
For a brief period, the plugin finally became fashionable. Kanye West — Love Lockdown. Having spent much of his career sampling mostly soul music, he decided to incorporate himself more into the melody following the breakdown of a long-term relationship, and the untimely death of his mother.
West wanted to use his own pain as an instrument, and Auto-Tune gave him the scope to do so. He found the sound that would resonate his heartbreak when he took a trip to Hawaii to see T-Pain. Britney Spears — Womanizer. When Spears released her sixth album, Circus, the anti-Auto-Tune movement was in full flow. A Death of Auto-Tune. Spears sounds appropriately dehumanised, as she sings about the effects the pop industry has had on her and giving Auto-Tune a newly flattened emotional register.
Nevertheless, the group managed to score their first UK Number One, proving that Auto-Tune still invited a broad appeal. Bon Iver — Woods. Bon Iver's debut album, For Emma, Forever Ago, cabined his heartbreak with entirely acoustic, anguished elegies before it was rounded off by an unusual Auto-Tune track.It is a free vocal synthesis device that transforms text into old skewl robotic speech.
It is available for Mac OS X You may also edit parameters such as pitch, speed, mouth, and throat. It was then invested in heavily by the US military during WWII when it was used a means to disguise the voices of army officials. So, from international espionage to straight funk-ification, the robot voice has come a long way. You must be logged in to post a comment. Ultimate Masterclass Package We're offering 4 online music production Masterclasses every Sunday for a month!
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The song " Water " was performed live prior to release by the group. West quit taking medication for his bipolar disorder and began recording the album in Augustoriginally announcing it as Yandhi. The album missed two initial release dates in September and November under the original title, before being delayed indefinitely. The final release was simultaneous with that of a concert film of the same namewhich included a number of the tracks as part of the soundtrack.
The album received mixed reviews from music critics. Some praised it in comparison to West's previous solo album Ye and complemented the composition, while other critics expressed negative feelings towards the lyrical content and the inconsistency of ideas. With the release, West became the first artist to occupy all top ten spots on the US Christian Songs and Gospel Songs charts, respectively.
The album was a chart topper in eight other countries, including Australia and Canada, while attaining top five positions in the Czech Republic, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Dre is slated for a future release.
Throughout May and Junefive seven-track albums produced by West at his ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming were successively released as the Wyoming Sessions.
On YeWest acknowledged his bipolar disorder diagnosis. He stopped taking his medication for the disorder in June during the rollout of the Wyoming Sessions albums. In JulyChicago music artist Chance the Rapper announced that West was coming to Chicago to produce for his seven-track debut studio album. Through his Instagram, West confirmed that he was collaborating with fellow rapper 6ix9ine and began posting snippets of new music.
On September 17,West announced his ninth studio album Yandhijust three months after the release of his previous solo album Yerevealing the cover art and initial release date of September 29, West was the musical guest for the season 44 premiere of Saturday Night Live SNLslated to coincide with the release of Yandhi on September 29, West talked about recording in Chicago and how he "felt the roots" but wanted to go to further his energy by touching African soil and recording in nature.
West stated that "the alien Ye is like, fully back in mode, off of medication. In DecemberWest reiterated on Twitter that he was still not taking medications for his bipolar disorder in order to record music on the same level as some of his previous works.
On the first Sunday ofWest began the first rehearsal for the Sunday Service Choirwhere he performed gospel arrangements of songs from his discography and other songs with choir group The Samples,  and frequent collaborators such as Tony Williams and Clemons. The day after, West began previewing new songs to him in the studio and Kenny G suggested that his saxophone "would sound really good" on " Use This Gospel ".
West pulled out a microphone and Kenny G recorded his part, keeping the track for later reverb and EQ tweaks. On February 25,Sunday Service was rehearsed outdoors for the first time.The producer-rapper follows his Pazz and Jop-winning debut The College Dropout with a collaboration with Jon Brion; together they transform West's chattering, seemingly unrealistic ideas into an expansive, imperfect masterpiece.
Contrary to popular opinion, hubris does have a righteous appeal. Those who claim Kanye West's antics hinder his work are missing the point. His self-importance is obvious, but the arrogance that comes pre-packaged with his insecurity is what makes West the most interesting hip-hop figure of the past five years. That's the reason he landed on "Oprah" and the cover of Time Magazine last week, rather than 50 Cent or Nelly or Slug.
It's not sales; it's souls. That said, at the end of the day, it's his ear, a golden instrument, and his adventurous collaborative spirit that have made him the most fully formed artist of his genre. The sprawling Late Registration is the year's most accomplished rap album, and in turn, he's done something that his heroes-- the Pharcyde and Nas, and father figure Jay-Z-- couldn't do: deliver on a promise the second time around. With the help of co-producer Jon Brion, West has taken his jumbled personae, buoyant enthusiasm, and vision for the grandiose, and transformed his chattering, seemingly unrealistic ideas into an expansive, imperfect masterpiece.
Without Brion, this album probably sounds a lot like its predecessor, The College Dropout -- full of tough horns, jacked soul, and flashes of brilliance. What the former Fiona Apple maestro brings to the proceedings, aside from a conductor's wand and a smile, is the ability to inflate and infuse West's ideas with even more life.
A case in point is "Hey Mama", a track that leaked more than a year ago. The song is traditionally purty, dominated by handclaps and a flittering sample of Donal Leace's "Today Won't Come Again"; basically a trad-Kanye production. The Brion redux inserts a moaning vocoder, tin pan alley drums, a xylophone solo, and cascading synth coda, all without mucking up the heart in the middle.
Flashes like this surround the sometimes urbane, often cheeky West with a new resonance. Where would "Crack Music", a blustery martial stomp, be without its soaring choir and biblically extended outro? Probably somewhere on the Game's album.
Could Kanye have single-handedly fused the showboating old school boom bap of "We Major" with its build-it-up and watch it all fall down production without Brion or co-producer Waryn Campbell?
Not likely. By opening the studio to admired colleagues, he's allowed himself room to think even bigger than the multi-tracked "Jesus Walks". On the mic, West sounds sharper and more battle-tested, though he'll never have the effortless insouciance of Jigga or teeth-gritting religiosity of Nas.
To his credit and detriment he continues to surround himself with superior MCs like Common on the sober "My Way Home"impressive newcomer Lupe Fiasco Just Blaze's life-affirming "Touch the Sky"and the ineffable Cam'Ron, who continues his magical run with savant-like witticisms on "Gone". Even Houston's Paul Wall manages to fit "illuminate," "insinuate," and "caterpillar" into 16 bizarre bars on the woozy "Drive Slow". All this to go along with curious shouts from two conflicted giants, Jay and Nas, who hang like specters over the album.
Unlike the "great" hip-hop releases of yore, the productions here are so insistent that even a charismatic voice like West's can become an afterthought. The album's worst track, "Bring Me Down", overwhelms with silly orchestral pomp, courtesy of Brion.
It also presumes that anyone still cares about Brandy, who sounds like she's recording her voice through a Cuisinart. Barring those two tracks, and a few innocuous if unnecessary skits about a fraternity for the financially impaired called Broke Phi Broke, the rest is aces. Opener "Heard 'Em Say" might be the most bandied about joint here, thanks to the presence of Maroon 5's Adam Levine, but guess what?
He sounds great.This article used to say that the song used a vocoder; now it says a talkbox was used. Can anyone verify which is correct or say why they changed it? So which was it? We need a source. I don't think it was a vocoder. The first link was wrong so I corrected it, replacing the second link because the first does not have advertisements. What is the go here? I was going to add something about the misunderstood lyrics "hour after hour, work is never over" VS "hour after, our work is never over" but there is no point if it was already deleted.
Personally I think the former is correct, the latter makes no sense but I can't find a genuine source on the correct lyrics. Reverted to an earlier version after I found junk added to it sexual references replacing track listings, etc.
There has been speculation of a message distinguishable when playing the song backwards, however it contains sexual references and possibly a reference to rape. Which is why I found it very surprising that Kanye West would sample Daft Punk, because that is in essence sampling a sample.
Which is generally considered wrong in Hip-Hop. Now with the version referenced as a single, when searching through the list of singles by Daft Punk, if you try to access the version it goes to the version which makes a loop making the reader unable to see what singles came before the version of Daft Punk. I realize that wasn't worded very well and could be far better understood by going though the singles.
It took a little while for me to find the name of the song and trace it to this page. I invite readers to check out the above links to see a dance interpretation of the song by Irish girl Sophie Merry. The viral phenomenon of the dance video on Youtube captured the imagination of designers for Etam, a French clothing company. She was featured on an Irish chat show programme Saturday 17th May - I just had to see the video again.
This previously unknown who dances for the love of it has just gone global. I think she's great! There seems to be a youtube buzz about this song recently - people are doing a kind of choreographed hand movements, showing the lyrics of the song written on their hands. Search for "daft hands" and you'll get a lot of other results. I think this might be notable. I'm definitely gonna say YES. I actually suggested this on another page before realizing it was the Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger.A - the Vocoder was never known as the 'voder' - that was a different device, developed by a lot of the same people, that was one of the first speech synthesizers.
And a lot of recent recordings that sound very like a vocoder has been used are in fact using pitch correction software with the parameters adjusted to over emphasise the effect like Cher's Believe. I suggest there be more examples of vocoding listed in this article. The examples should be more recent. Cher, Daft Punk, and Air have all used vocoders in the past 10 years. Air uses them every chance they get.
Maybe add a small section with a list? Ok, I'm confused. The description in the article is confusing, and now that I've thought about it more, my knowledge of various vocoder types has several different variations. I was taught that this is how a channel vocoder works:. And my knowledge of a phase vocoder is related to the STFT version, where you are measuring all the frequency bins and keeping the complex data magnitude and phase and using an inverse STFT to reproduce.
Then for data compression, you can throw away all the values with lower than a certain threshold magnitude if you want.
However, these two don't work the same way. Phase vocoder is supposed to be "one step above" the channel vocoder. But a channel vocoder using the STFT would throw away the phase data, with no frequency detection as I already described. On the other hand, a phase vocoder "enhancement" of my described channel vocoder would be I used to own an electric guitar accessory which comprised a miniature amplifier and speaker combo, with a plastic tube which physically relayed the guitar sound from the mini-speaker into the guitarist's mouth.
This was not a vocoder. Yes, I agree with you. The old talk-box I'm personally thinking of Joe Walsh was NOT a vocoder, because it doesn't process your voice electronically.
Instead it works mechanically, as the motion of your mouth changes the sound coming out of a speaker. See Talk box. I just don't know anyone who's done it in music. Someone put Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer" in there -- same deal, talk box not vocoder.
I removed it. Jerry Kindall. I'm sorry, but for "Tour De France Soundtracks", I can't see why it should be given as an example use of a vocoder by Kraftwerk. The phase vocoder is not at all adequately dealt with here. It would be nice if somebody could add a section or an entirely separate entry on the phase vocoder algorithm.