Aphex Twins Window Licker Vocal Effect Info...?
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    Tech Wizard soloquest's Avatar
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    Default Aphex Twins Window Licker Vocal Effect Info...?

    Does Anybody know how to recreate the Aphex Twins effects in window licker see video below,, I've tried a couple of times to have a go at recreating them Amazing effects but without any luck I might have another go and post them up on the forum.

    Watch the video below and I've written the time placements down of each effect.


    Effect 001 = 1:03 to 1:07 "Its sound like Bit Crusher with resampling"

    Jackson Style Effects 002 = 1:07 to 1:20 "Haven't got a clue but Amazing"

    Massive Vocal Effects 003 = 4:05 to 4:27 "is Its just time stretching with bit crusher and tempo control"

    I wonder if theres someway of recreating them in Live 8


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    From Wikipedia [ame]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windowlicker:[/ame]

    "Windowlicker" consists of James's voice modulated on computer, mixed with his trademark breakbeat snare rushes, drum samples, and mixed choir-like singing, resulting in a smooth yet erratic song, its last minute escalating into an extremely distorted wall of bass. Also included is a sample of James's French then-girlfriend speaking in her native tongue saying J'aime faire des croquettes au chien, translating to "I like to make Croquettes with the dog".

    From Internet Archive http://replay.waybackmachine.org/200...01/08/531341/:

    > From: Brian MacDonald
    > Date: Tue, 28 Aug 2001 14:55:46 -0700 (PDT) [EMAIL REMOVED] > Subject: Re: [idm] Dissecting Windowlicker track #2
    > That GIF is easily the most disturbing thing I've seen today.
    > Anyway...
    > The whole subject of translating digital pics to digital music is pretty
    > damn fascinating to me, so here's to hoping this thread continues
    > well here...
    > There's a Mac called K Metasynth or something which does just that. You
    > load a picture, and generates a wash of eerie synth noises based on a sca=
    > from left to right of the picture - using, I presume, value, hue,
    > saturation, etc. to alter the "notes".

    True, it=B9s called MetaSynth and it=B9s put out by U&I Software.

    Eric Wenger is the genius behind it...as well as Videodelic, Artmatic Pro &
    Bryce. We hosted him at echolocation recently, so I also know that
    Windowlicker was created using MetaSynth, as well as Scanner=B9s last album.


    and from "Wired http://www.wired.com/culture/lifestyle/news/2002/05/52426

    "Back in the old days of vinyl records, pop groups like The Beatles and Black Sabbath were accused of sneaking satanic messages into songs, which could only be heard when the music was played backward.

    Now it seems one of the world's most popular electronic musicians has discovered the modern digital equivalent.

    Aphex Twin, who has been described as "the most inventive and influential figure in contemporary electronic music," appears to have sneaked the digital image of a devilish face into at least one of his songs.

    The spooky image of a creature with a diabolical grin has been accidentally discovered on Aphex Twin's Windowlicker EP, a 1999 hit.

    The sinister face is revealed when the song is played on a computer through special software that visualizes sound waves.

    Just like the backward messages on vinyl LPs, the face is secretly encoded in the actual sound waves of the music. It isn't a separate file on the CD. The image is the aural equivalent of steganography: the practice of hiding secret messages and watermarks in images.

    The existence of the image has not been publicized by Aphex Twin or his record label.

    It seems to have been discovered accidentally by an electronic musician who calls himself Chaos Machine. Chaos Machine wasn't available for an interview, but according to his website, he was playing around with WinAmp one evening when he spotted the diabolical face.

    His discovery can be reproduced with a sample of the song and some spectrographic software, which displays the different frequencies of the song as a graph against time. The image doesn't appear in an MP3 file of the song; the compression algorithm destroys the image.

    Chaos Machine's discovery is starting to make the rounds on the Internet, and is fast becoming part of the folklore surrounding hidden messages in pop music.

    But it appears Chaos Machine was a bit too quick off the mark. The song does indeed contain the image of a face, but not a demonic one. It's Aphex Twin himself -- or Richard James, as he's known to his parents.

    The real image was discovered by a 19-year-old named Jarmo Niinisalo, who tweaked the settings in his spectrographic software to reveal James' grinning fizzog. The procedure is described on Niinisalo's website.

    Niinisalo also discovered three more pattern-like images embedded in songs on the Windowlicker EP. None of them is sinister.

    James apparently created the hidden pictures in his songs using a clever piece of synthesizer software called MetaSynth.

    MetaSynth is a Mac-only application that can take any image and generate sounds from it. The software was widely used in The Matrix to accompany the movie's mind-bending bullet-speed special effects.

    Most musicians who use the application input abstract pictures because they can generate meaningful sounds. Scanned photographs tend to create a kind of discordant, metallic scratching. The program's creator, Eric Wenger, ran pictures of factories through it for some industrial techno compositions.

    However they sound, images are readily recreated by running the sounds they generate through any spectrograph software.

    Edward Spiegel, the product director of U&I Software, the San Francisco Bay Area company that publishes MetaSynth, said most of Aphex Twin's Windowlicker was created in MetaSynth.

    "It's definitely MetaSynth," he said. "I know (James) uses the software. He's mentioned it in a number of interviews, and he wrote Eric a fan letter a number of years ago."

    The Windowlicker EP also contains a number of telltale sound effects that are difficult to create in other synthesizer packages, Spiegel said. However, Spiegel wasn't aware of the images embedded in the songs.

    James couldn't be contacted for an interview, but his face has become his trademark image. Although he's somewhat reclusive, James has used warped images of his smiling face in many of his videos and CD cover art. He gained notoriety a few years ago for a video depicting a gang of feral kids menacing old ladies. The entire gang sported his face superimposed on their bodies. The sleeve of Windowlicker shows the body of a buxom bikini-clad beach babe with James' grinning, bearded face Photoshopped on top.

    It seems James is one of the first mainstream musicians to embed images in his music. Spiegel was unaware of any other examples in popular music.

    It would be difficult, however, for the technique to be used by conventional artists.

    "It doesn't sound a lot like music," commented Joshua Schachter, who runs Memepool, one of the first websites to publicize the discovery. "More conventional artists like Britney Spears would have some trouble hiding this."
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