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The Seven Percent Solution

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Nick Gann, Aug 3, 2003.


  1. Nick Gann

    Nick Gann Talkbass' Tubist in Residence

    Mar 24, 2002
    Silver Spring, MD
    http://www.brunel.ac.uk/~dt00ddl/Audio/seven.html

    Check out the song samples... Especially the Californication by RHCP, and Can't Stand Losing You by the Police, it really sounds like a woman is singing it, and all that was done is a shift in pitch and speech.

    Interesting stuff.
     
  2. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    I wonder what would happen if they took Debbie harry or macy gray and slowed it down by 7% :D


    nevermind, I see they did that ;)

    well...it still is a pretty cool thing.
     
  3. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    great site, nick. thanks. :)
     
  4. Brendan

    Brendan

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    The change in RHCP makes it sound a bit like Alvin of the Chipmunks...

    But, I actually like it with the tempo boosted and the more feminine vocals... :eek:
     
  5. Nick Gann

    Nick Gann Talkbass' Tubist in Residence

    Mar 24, 2002
    Silver Spring, MD
    One thing that is weird, is how it doesn't work for each one. Some of them end up sounding like chipmunks, or Gary Coleman as the case may be ;)

    I guess some men have a voice that is more similar to a females', which would explain how the Police and the Californication samples sound like a woman, yet Sittin On The Dock of the Bay sounds like... a guy on helium?
     
  6. Stephen S

    Stephen S Member

    Apr 10, 2002
    San Bernardino, CA
    It was a little odd hearing Torn from a male's voice, "you couldnt be that man, i adore" :bassist:
     
  7. Zon Bass

    Zon Bass

    Jan 20, 2002
    Dallas, TX
    Geddy singing "Limelight" down 3 semitones.

    Freaky.
     
  8. Nick Gann

    Nick Gann Talkbass' Tubist in Residence

    Mar 24, 2002
    Silver Spring, MD
    Wow, freaky is right... Cool!!
     
  9. Brendan

    Brendan

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Wow. If Geddy sounded like that all the time, I might actually be able to listen to his vocals.
     
  10. 5stringDNA

    5stringDNA

    Oct 10, 2002
    Englewood, CO
    haha.. Agreed. I like his voice much more that way! I just can't take teh screaming high-pitched 80's styled vocals.
     
  11. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    :eek:

    just

    :eek:
     
  12. Chris A

    Chris A Chemo sucks!

    Feb 25, 2000
    Manchester NH

    He sounds like Ozzy!!!


    Chris A.:rolleyes: :bassist:
     
  13. BassistJ

    BassistJ

    Mar 20, 2001
    Hemet, CA USA
    :eek:

    Holy ****.

    I think I'm now messed up for the rest of my life.
     
  14. geshel

    geshel

    Oct 2, 2001
    Seattle
    The original page is humorous, but I don't have any problem recognizing that it's a man's voice shifted up - the tone is still wrong for a woman's voice.

    Going from a man's voice to a woman's voice, the base pitch (fundamental) goes up more than the predominant harmonic resonances (formants) do. Push the formants up too much, and you get the chipmunk effect. A woman's sinuses and throats just aren't that much smaller than a man's.

    But that Geddy thing really is freaky. Three semitones. . .that's about a 15% reduction! And the tone and pitch go very well together. Somethin' funny about that man's insides! :eek: :D
     
  15. fastplant

    fastplant

    Sep 26, 2002
    Connecticut
    Agreed, I just hear a man's voice pitched up a bit and a woman's voice down.
     
  16. Debbie Harry slowed down really sounds like a man singing, "Maria." All she has to do is reverse her name and become Harry Debbie.

    New artist, millions of dollars, so simple. :)

    Mike
     
  17. kaboom133

    kaboom133

    Oct 19, 2001
    Latrobe PA
    you mean geddy is a guy???? :eek: ;)
     
  18. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    And we can make Otis sound like
    Christine Wazzername ...

    I am not going there Master Kartoflu Salad.

    Last real bath I took, I put Otis in the Cd player
    great way to do a hot bath, Otis, Duck Dunn, Barkays, life can be good. Sooo good.

    Otis like Minnie Ripperton?

    Shame!

    Return your funky soul membership!

    Sacrilege!

    Thor