By Scott Weisbrot
I have always loved change of pitch in music. Change in pitch is the same voice from a song but with an altered pitch. This can be in different songs on the radio, in movies, and from overseas.
I first noticed that I liked change in pitch in either 4th or 5th grade. When I was in Chorus, I liked to sing in a higher pitch because I felt it energized me. In the 8th grade, the chorus teacher put me into the boys choir, which made me kind of unhappy. This meant that all the boys had to be in the same group, the baritones. I didn’t have the chance to sing in high pitch much anymore.
I went home and checked the internet to understand what the difference was between boys and girls in choir. There were two categories for boy singers. Tenor is for higher pitch males, and bass was for lower pitch males. This was frustrating to me because our voices were rapidly changing due to pubescence, and my desire was to stay in the higher pitch group. I was still able to sing in the high pitch, but it wasn’t like the 7th grade or elementary school, where it was just the altos and the sopranos.
When I would listen to music, I used to listen to my favorite songs on the radio or TV shows on YouTube. This was in the late 2000s. Back then, they used to allow location designations on your account that showed what country someone was from. I could tell the pitch of different sounds from the clips of different movies.
In 7th grade, I would notice that some songs were in super high pitch or deep pitch. I used to download MP3 files from YouTube to iTunes. From 2011 to early 2014, I used to search for songs that came in high pitch, like I heard on the radio. This was a challenge as I sitll didn;t know how to change the pitch of different songs. And between 2012 and early 2013, I used to record sonds from radio stations that had high pitch.
A few days after my 16th birthday, my half older brother Stephen taught me how to use Gargage Band on my mac computer and search AU Pitch to raise the pitch of a song. I was grateful to him for the life lesson on music. I was then able to raise the pitch of different songs and download that to iTunes.
On that same day, I learned about Spotify, another music platform. Spotify is a digital music platform, where I was able to listen to songs in their regular pitch. It was so cool being able to use two music platforms. I was able to use iTunes for high pitch songs and Spotify for regular pitch songs, so I was able to understand the difference between the two. In 2018, I found the website TimeStretch Player that can adjust the pitch of different tracks for you. This was perfect for determining the right high pitch I liked to listen to.
When I go to special events or weddings, if I heard a song that was high pitched like I would hear on the radio, I automatically start dancing and get amplified. I live for today’s generation of music (from the 2000s to the present). The party is always more exciting when someone plays something I love in high pitch the way I like it. It makes the party more lit up, more purmped up, and I can dance on the dance floor until I get tired.
During the pandemic, I decided to spend my nights downloading songs from every genre of 2020 from alternative rock, country, electronic & dance, pop, and hip hop/rap. I want to become a DJ, so I can mix songs and play them at local bars or night clubs. Maybe I would combine this with blogging to help keep my success going. I still currently download songs on YouTube and convert them to mp3s. After the songs are downloaded to iTunes, I go to TimeStrech Player to change the speed a little bit and raise the pitch a little higher than usual. I have recently found more modern websites that can alter the pitch, tempo, and more of music.
As the years go by, I’m definitely going to continue to listen to modern music and watch its evolution to see if its good or not depending on the genres of music.
Recently, I found that all of the music I had from 2011 to 2017 has become distorted, which means the audio is getting outdated, so I am going to have to remaster them. I now know how to change the tempo speed, so I am also going to do that now because many of the songs now sound slower than they should be.
One day, I hope to travel overseas, I would love to explore the music of different countries. I currently use the Shazam app if I am in the club so I can save songs and look it up when I get home, I go to the music stores, or in case I hear it on the radio.
I also have found out that DJs in clubs can remix songs based on pitch, if it’s low or high. If I hear a song of a remix that is high pitched, I get amped up on the dance floor and party like I don’t care. No matter what type of music you listen to, it’s the format of the song that fits in your soul. If the song doesn’t sound right, you can change the pitch or tempo to make that song more entertaining to you!
Here is a list of websites I found for tempo and pitch changes to audio:
Edited by avanicole23