How to Wreck A Nice Beach

How to Wreck A Nice Beach

The Vocoder From World War II to Hip-hop : the Machine Speaks

Book - 2010
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Random House, Inc.
The history of the vocoder: how popular music hijacked the Pentagon's speech scrambling weapon

The vocoder, invented by Bell Labs in 1928, once guarded phones from eavesdroppers during World War II; by the Vietnam War, it was repurposed as a voice-altering tool for musicians, and is now the ubiquitous voice of popular music.

In How to Wreck a Nice Beach—from a mis-hearing of the vocoder-rendered phrase “how to recognize speech”—music journalist Dave Tompkins traces the history of electronic voices from Nazi research labs to Stalin’s gulags, from the 1939 World’s Fair to Hiroshima, from artificial larynges to Auto-Tune.

We see the vocoder brush up against FDR, JFK, Stanley Kubrick, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, Kraftwerk, the Cylons, Henry Kissinger, and Winston Churchill, who boomed, when vocoderized on V-E Day, “We must go off!” And now vocoder technology is a cell phone standard, allowing a digital replica of your voice to sound human.

From T-Mobile to T-Pain, How to Wreck a Nice Beach is a riveting saga of technology and culture, illuminating the work of some of music’s most provocative innovators.

Baker & Taylor
Presents the history of the vocoder, from its invention by Bell Labs in 1928 as a speech-scrambling weapon to guard telephones from eavesdroppers during World War II through its use as a voice-altering tool in popular music.

Publisher: Chicago : Stop Smiling/Melville House Pub., c2010
ISBN: 9781933633886
1933633883
Branch Call Number: ML1380 .T66 2010
Characteristics: 334 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm

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