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How the oil industry accidentally created autotune

Wenn man genauer hinhört, merkt man’s.

Dr. Andy Hildebrand invented the original Antares Autotune software („Autotune“ is one of those proprietary eponyms like Kleenex or Jacuzzi; other pitch correction softwares don’t call themselves autotune, but people often still refer to them as such, and they use the same basic principles). A classic flutist by training, Dr. Hildebrand ended up working for Exxon Production Research for a while. It was there that he helped to develop a software to process data from reflection seismology—that is, using seismic waves to determine whether or not there might be any oil or other substances worth drilling/fracking/mining for.

(via BoingBoing)