I hate Auto-Tune. Hate it. I despise the “Cher effect” and everything T-Pain does. I loathe how Aut0-Tune has made it possible for sub-standard singers to become famous. It’s a cheat. And Auto-Tune has allowed all music to take on an otherworldly, perfect-pitch sheen that strips all humanity away from performances.
So who can we blame for this? An oil exploration engineer named Andy Hildebrand. Yes, he invented Auto-Tune while looking for fossil fuels. Here’s a screenshot of Auto-Tunes ancestor.
Venture Beat has the whole story of how looking for oil ended up giving us Ke$ha.