Wednesday 3 April 2024

As near perfection... Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, by the Andrews Sisters analyzed by Fil from Wings of Pegasus

Regular readers will know how much I appreciate great singing; and in this respect I am finding Fil on the Wings of Pegasus YouTube site - to be a real education. 

He uses a computer tool to analyze recorded singing - past and recent - to see what is going-on from the perspective of sound frequency and timing. 

Here he turns his analysis tools to the appreciation of an absolute classic of virtuoso popular singing: the Andrews Sisters and Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy from 1941. 


We all "know" this version; but it repays close and repeated listening - not only for the singing, but the superb arrangement. 

But one of Fil's recurring themes - and how I first came across this channel - is to reveal that performances labelled and presented as if "live" are actually using pitch-correction or "autotune". 

More recently, he discovered that ultra-expensive "live" public perfomances in mega-stadia, may be using a lip-synched pre-recorded vocal by the star. 


Lots of similar treasures - and, as I say, there is incidentally a lot to learn about the techniques of singing. 

Also I find his unpolished, benign, carefully honest, somewhat rambling, presentation style to be very endearing.


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