Alex U. Case
Location: Studio 510 (5th floor) at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, 194 Mercer Street, New York, NY 10012
Speaker(s): Alex U. Case, Past President, AES; University of Massachusetts Lowell
Pitch shifting as an audio effect is still maturing, even though the technology was there from the beginning. Recording at one speed but playing back at another has been the pitch shifting modus operandi across all analog formats – cylinders, disks and tape. Digital audio continued these time-domain techniques, exploiting sample rate differences between record and playback. Frequency-domain pitch shifting, offering new effects possibilities, became an important part of the pop engineer’s tool kit in the late 90s.
But what are we to make of the aesthetic? What is the creative potential of pitch shifting? Alex U. Case looks at several iconic examples of pitch shifting effects in pop music. He delivers a listening-guided analysis – integrating the disciplines of music, signal processing, and psychoacoustics – that defines the full range of the effect and how it might find a place in your next project.
Posted: Friday, December 29, 2017