Band stand up to voice-aiding programmes

Death Cab For Cutie have launched a campaign against autotuning – the process of a singer having their voice aided in a studio by a computer programme.

The band wore suits and blue pin badges to the Grammy Awards on Sunday (February 8), which they said was their way of raising awareness of the issue, reports Entertainment.uk.msn.com.

“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 said.

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.”