Miss Mussel is already fascinated by the idea of a recording being an archive of an event that didn’t happened, so the unveiling of the Melodyne Direct Note Access software this week has piqued her curiosity even further.
How will this change the way people compose, if at all? It now seems possible that all you need do is play one good G major chord on guitar or indeed pull any existing sample from a library and then alter the pitches to suit your ideas. Of course, it would all have to be notated so that someone else could realize the score but then, if you can create an entire album without playing an instrument, who needs musicians?
On the practical side, how does the pitch alteration capability deal with matters of register and tessitura? Take for example a clarinet and it’s radically different sound in the three registers. Would the fat sound of the chalumeau notes be transformed into the thinner upper register sound when the sample is put up an octave?
For those readers who are interested in these types of debates, is this cheating or just using available resources? Will record companies start taking cues from How To Make A Record by William Barrington-Coupe?
All this being said, it is pretty damn cool.