Thursday, May 1, 2008

Can a cappella be overproduced?

There was an interesting item in The Ethicist column in Sunday's New York Times magazine. A producer in Connecticut wrote in to ask:

"I produced a recording for a singing student’s application to a college’s professional music program. Her singing was passable but not great. Her mother asked, 'Is there anything you can do with your equipment to make her voice better?' Computer technology enables me to make even the worst singer sound professional, but if I employ it, do I defraud the college? — S.H., CONNECTICUT"

Randy Cohen begins his answer with this: "You may help the student put her best foot (best throat?) forward; you may not abet deception." The a cappella community (in love with Auto-Tune) might disagree...

Judge for yourself. Read the question (and answer) here.

1 comment:

Christopher Wilde said...

Wow, that's such a great ethical question. Legally is he defrauding? Morallly? We'll that depends to what degree his personal ear, and the ears of the panel think the student deserves an education in music. Lots of issues there.