How to Wreck a Nice Beach: The Vocoder from World War II to Hip-Hop, the Machine Speaks

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How to Wreck a Nice Beach: The Vocoder from World War II to Hip-Hop, the Machine Speaks

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Publisher marketing: The vocoder, invented by Bell Labs in 1928, once guarded phones from eavesdroppers during World War II; by the Vietnam War, it was re-purposed 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.

Additional details:
Weight: 1.57
Dimensions: 8.53 x 7.16 x .94
Binding: Paperback
ISBN: 1612190928
Publisher:  Stop Smiling Books
Author: Dave Tompkins
Pages: 352
Publication date: November 08, 2011

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