Band protest auto-tune technique

American rock giants Death Cab For Cutie have launched a campaign against auto-tuning.

The studio technique of auto-tuning has exploded in popularity in recent years. Kanye West's recent album '808s And Heartbreak' uses the vocal tweeking extensively, and this has greatly influenced current production trends.

Auto-tuning is the computer manipulation of vocals to give the impression of perfect pitch. Seattle group Death Cab For Cutie wore suits and blue pin badges to the Grammy Awards on Sunday (February 8th) which is apparently their way of protesting against the use of auto-tune.

"Autotuning is a digital manipulation, a correction of a singer's voice that is affecting literally thousands of singers today and thousands of records that are coming out," frontman Ben Gibbard told reporters from

He added: "We just want to raise awareness while we're here and try to bring back the blue note... The note that's not so perfectly in pitch and just gives the recording some soul and some kind of real character. It's how people really sing."

Death Cab For Cutie are currently working on their new album. It won't be featuring Autotune.

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