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Is there a name for that voice affectation used in a lot of current music?

Asked by lucillelucillelucille (33295points) 1 month ago

It sounds baby-like in a way but with an odd twist.
For instance, the word good would be pronounced “goiud”.
Where on earth do people speak like that?
I’d give an example, but I usually turn it off the minute I hear it.

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chyna's avatar

They need a rhyming two syllable word so they make it up perhaps?

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@chyna – Dr. Suess did that already! gosh! :)

JLeslie's avatar

Can you link a song or two?

SEKA's avatar

I think @chyna is right. they need a rhyme and don’t have one, so they pick a sound that comes close. Several weeks back, I saw a music teacher critiquing Freddie Mercury’s style of singing. He kept picking up on the thought that Freddie knew how to make his music match which makes it more pleasing to the ear. It seems that “pleasing” is subjective

Patty_Melt's avatar

It is called pitch correction.
It’s purpose is to keep singers in tune.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@Patty_Melt -It’s not exactly an auto tune thing. It is an odd,purposeful pronunciation of words and not necessarily to rhyme.
@JLeslie- Here is an example starting at 0:09

It’s so not “goid” :D

ragingloli's avatar

Maybe it is supposed to sound like emotional distress.
No idea, I do not listen this stuff.

Patty_Melt's avatar

That is a rant.
Here is the tech.
First explained, then demonstrated.

Patty_Melt's avatar

When it does it’s job, words get pulled, like taffy, and the vowels sound different.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@ragingloli -Yep, like a child that hasn’t learned to speak yet.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@Patty_Melt – Yes, a rant.
My youngest brother mixes sound for musicians. I need to ask him about this.
There has got to be a name for that affectation. When these singers perform live, I imagine they try to make that sound as it is part of the song.
I looked at your video but it sounds electronic whereas the singers I am talking about don’t have that. They are purposely pronouncing words in a child-like way.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

There is a name.
I found this while looking for a song to demonstrate the weirdness.
Now when I b!tch about it I can refer to it by it’s proper name :D
this is a goid thing

JLeslie's avatar

Ok, when it comes to singing I don’t really have much problem with it. I don’t think most Brits are purposely dropping their accents to sound more American when they sing. A word is sung in a way that fits the rhythm and rhyme of a song. The 4 classes I took in singing we were taught to barely enunciate consonants. Singing is not just like taking.

When it comes to how a lot of young actors are very breathy and soft spoken it pisses me off! To add, sometimes there is music playing during the scene, and forget it, you can’t understand anything being said. Matt Czuchry and Emily VanCamp, both in the TV show The Resident right now, are perfect examples, but that’s changing the topic.

Patty_Melt's avatar

Gawd, I never heard that before. I’m glad I don’t listen to anybody who does that.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@JLeslie -I get it though!
Lately, I found a new appreciation for singers like Ella Fitzgerald. She had a beautiful voice, IMO—I almost feel like I should be yelling,“STAY OFF OF MY LAWN!!” Lmao!
@Patty_Melt -I try not to either but it’s out there.

Demosthenes's avatar

@lucillelucillelucille Thanks for posting that video. That’s what I thought you meant when I read this question but wasn’t sure how to describe it. I think it’s more obvious with the word “touch”. Instead of sound like “tuch” (rhyming with “much”) it sounds almost like “tuh-eech”. It almost seems like an extension of the California accent. (I notice when I say the word “but” it does sometimes come out as “buh-it”).

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@Demosthenes -I can see regional accents coming through a bit but this is over the top.
It is funny at foist but after awhile it gets to me.
Do you think, years from now that these singers will still be doing that?

Demosthenes's avatar

@lucillelucillelucille I think some of it comes from when the indie sound entered more into the mainstream. That’s where the preponderance of “breathy voiced” female vocals comes from and I think this vowel alternation may have originated in indie music as well. It used to be that only unknown indie singers sounded like Regina Spektor, but now practically every female vocalist sounds like her or at least tries to.

As for how long it will last, I have no idea. When I first heard the sputtering 808-based trap beat in the early 2010s I thought it would only last a few years, but here we are ten years later and it’s still the dominant sound in hip hop and some pop. Some have even taken to calling it the “millennial” sound since my generation can’t get enough of it, apparently.

JLeslie's avatar

I will say that if a singing voice is too breathy I don’t like that either. I generally like singers who belt it out.

You might like this. A voice coach analyzing Selena Gomez’s voice. https://youtu.be/ViINc7pTVpc

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@Demosthenes -I liked Regina Spektor when she came out. Lana Del Rey too.
The new stuff seems forced and it bugs me.-can I say that enough? lol—
I would like to see someone with a great voice that can just stand there and sing. All the other stuff is a distraction from the other’s lack of talent.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@JLeslie -She’s very pretty! XD

Patty_Melt's avatar

Not even going to peek.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@Patty_Melt -Yo have dwenny fo hours to make yo mind up.

Patty_Melt's avatar

No amma fum knucker. I be owe frade!

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@Patty_Melt -XD I need to pay ucme back with a worse ear worm.

chyna's avatar

Do not look! It’s awful.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@chyna -Did you listen to the whole thing??

ucme's avatar

@lucillelucillelucille Hit me with your best shot :D

chyna's avatar

I tried. I couldn’t do it. Especially because his mouth wasn’t lining up with the words. I felt like I was watching an old Japanese King Kong movie.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@chyna – Didn’t get to the onesie, then.:(

chyna's avatar

Oh yes. I got to the onsie!

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@chyna I like Sean Connery but that outfit kills me!

Patty_Melt's avatar

@ucme I dare you to watch and listen to this all the way through.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@ucme -He’s a sexual dynamo if I’ve ever seen one!

ucme's avatar

@Patty_Melt My soul hurts!
@lucillelucillelucille Yes maaam, he surely is.

Patty_Melt's avatar

@ucme, there is a dance challenge associated with that video. When you record yours, I want to see it.

it’s worse when you know the translation.

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