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Was Cher's Believe the first production to use auto-tune as a noticeable effect? Yes, at least in mainstream big-production music. Was Cher's Believe the first production to use auto-tune at all? Evidence strongly suggests that it was not, but there's no info available regarding who and when. It's not easy to dive into the very beginning of auto-tune history,...


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I would say this is "famously claimed" :-) -- I'd be surprised if this was found to have been intentional. But of course, the rumor of Stairway's hidden message spread throughout popular culture, and since the technique to actually execute something like this is relatively simple, it has certainly occurred in media since then. Hiding a message in an audio ...


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Many phonographs were able to play multiple records in sequence with a mechanism that would hold one or more records on the turntable, and one or more additional records elevated on the center post. At the end of one record, the mechanism sensed the tone arm reaching close to the center of the record, and then lifted it, pulled it out beyond the edge of the ...


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The original, unedited and full version ends just after 10 minutes, however there is a "demo" version that plays up to eleven minutes and nine seconds, and there are various live albums that feature the song that smash through the thirteen minute barrier, such as One More From the Road and Lyve from Steel Town. The longest? Free Bird on the live album ...


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tl;dr Yes, Cher's Believe is the first use of the autotune effect as we know it. Auto-tune, the product vs autotune, the effect The product Auto-tune was the first pitch correction plugin created for Pro-Tools and was released in 1997 by Antares Audio Technology. At that time, pitch corrections was a difficult, manual, studio process, and was therefore ...


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Yes. Many times. Just google "B/W Same" (which means "Backed With Same") and you'll find many images of singles marked this way. An example of this can be found here. Singles were typically released and "backed with" a track that was a strong contender for airplay. As music moved into the 70's, singles would often get backed with alternate tracks that ...


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14.58 is listed as the time for an alternate version on the expanded One More from the Road disc. The Southern By the Grace Of God version is 14.51.


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I imagine this question is impossible to answer in full, but there are few examples I can think of off the top of my head or I was able to find fairly easily via Google. Guitar "Give It Away" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers features two different sections with a backwards guitar. "Are You Experienced?" by Jimi Hendrix actually has an entirely backwards solo, ...


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There is no one technical reason for this, but there are some things that deal with the technology/requirements of the time when whole song fade outs were more popular. Quoting from this NPR article on the subject: "I'm pretty sure fade outs did not occur during the days when 78s were used ... since in those days music was recorded directly to disc. ...


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It's not sampled or looped. "On the Run" was created entirely using a VCS-3. No crazy tape tricks beyond a few overdubs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccBoypwQ9zA EDIT: Thought I might expand on that a bit. The Floyd were indeed pioneers in the control room, but not quite at the technical level that is generally assumed. Check out this article for ...


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The reasons you suggest do happen. And other causes are possible too. Perhaps the recording session itself wasn't on-pitch (maybe the band was playing for many hours and didn't re-tune in the middle). There's the famous case of The Beatles' Strawberry Fields Forever where there were 2 takes that they liked: the beginning of 1 take and the ending of the ...


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The most likely cause is that the cassette play heads are worn or out of alignment, causing phase-discrepancies. It is likely affecting the entire recording, but is most noticeable at frequencies where the phase-cancellation is worst - where the higher & longer notes will show it up. You'd be unlikely to spot it happening on the bass, as the head ...


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One of the most unusual cases is the song American Pie, by Don McLean. The album version is listed as being 8:33, making it the longest number 1 song in history, but at that length, it took up both sides of a standard single. The length part of the Wikipedia entry list the length of side A as 4:11, and side B as 4:31.


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That would be a Talk Box (the track referenced in your questions is listed on the Wikipedia page). The gadget works by having a small loudspeaker linked by plastic tube to the musician's mouth, allowing the shaping of notes with the mouth, much as a singer would. There is a nice clip on YouTube of Peter Frampton using such a device.


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The song "Another One Bites the Dust" turned backwards does indeed sound very much like "decide to smoke marijuana" or "It's fun to smoke marijuana." Turning the record backwards with your finger doesn't get very consistent results, so in the early 9O's a recording studio would be the best option to have it turned backwards professionally.


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no, singles had 2 sides, (A-side and B-side) so there would be at least 2 songs. I say "at least" because some B-sides might have 2 songs. And some B-sides have become famous in their own right - Queen's "We will Rock you", for example.


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It's on Soundcloud, though I can't find it anywhere to buy. https://soundcloud.com/johnpeelarchive/mike-oldfield-john-peel


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It would have been an Edison or Columbia wax cylinder, ca. 1895 or so. The first few years of the phonograph were mostly about using it as a dictation machine, so it was sold with blank wax cylinders. (The first surviving cylinder recording of an identifiable piece of music is from about 1888, but it was an amateur "home" recording of a rehearsal at London's ...


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I've seen also singles where in the A side is the original song and on the B side is an instrumental version. Another thing could be, that on the A side is a cover version or a remix and on the b side is the original one. For example: "Swing the mood" by Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers. On the A side is the radio version of Swing the Mood and on the B ...


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It should make no difference if it is a true backwards message. The only difference between the studio master and a purchased copy would be that the master has a slightly better sound quality. The Queen song is simply an example of Apophenia or the perception of patterns in random information, in this case backwards audio information. Anyone who has worked ...


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Louis Jordan also recorded it in 1946 ( http://www.discogs.com/Louis-Jordan-And-His-Tympany-Five-Louis-Jordan-And-His-Tympany-Five/release/4552135 ), but to the best of my knowledge, the Count Basie recording is the original.


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I've discovered a solution which works quite nicely; Foobar2000. The application itself is available here: https://www.foobar2000.org/FAQ I discovered this via google on a messageboard. I'll add that link here as it discusses some of what's necessary to do this: https://www.hydrogenaud.io/forums/index.php?showtopic=89792 In particular: Thanks for ...


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(as pointed out in the comments, thanks @Wheat @Tim) This video does not actually appear to be the Beatles, although it is billed as though it were. As far as I can tell, there's no version with the legitimate original song on YouTube, probably because of copyright issues. Even in the original version, however, the lead singer is Ringo Starr, the drummer ...


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I have not found authoritative sources explicitly saying there were no other recordings, but all references I know point to Gould only having recorded the 5th and the 6th. The liner notes to a CD edition of the 5th and 1st movement of the 6th explain: It is uncertain whether Gould actually intended to gradually record the Liszt transcriptions of the eight ...


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Not that I know of. The only "note for note" recreation I've heard of is Blue by Other People Mostly Do The Killing, which is a note for note recreation of the famous Miles Davis album Kind of Blue (which is definitely not "free jazz"). From what I read in the press at the time of the publishing, I think it was the first time such thing happened in the ...


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