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This meant, in effect, that the vocalist was The harmoniser went some way in giving the appearance of his voice being "slowed down" whilst performing in front of an audience, but as private evidence shows, the keys that the instrumentalists had fixed the pieces in when working with this technique were simply too low for the vocalist to "force". , transposing) the pitch to accommodate the vocalist's difficulties in realising his previously-doctored performances, and b) singing an octave higher, either all the way through or just at points of difficulty.

Transposing) the pitch to accommodate the vocalist's difficulties in realising his previously-doctored performances, and b) singing an octave higher, either all the way through or just at points of difficulty. Needless to say, this would have required a falsetto in the first instance, and a good deal of vocal gymnastics that would have appeared odd in the second. Strangely, the first alternative listed above was not employed. Certainly the musicians were of basic ability, but bearing in mind the nature of individual parts, this would not have been difficult.

The process was perfected in children's cartoon programmes, where obvious animation attached an extra layer to the "input". To detect its operation, the viewer would have to slow down the film so that the individual frames became visible for inspection. A more subtle, even more effective ploy was then discovered. Hypnosis in its advanced states sometimes employs a technique upon those with lower susceptibility to suggestion. It relies on confusing the subject by issuing conflicting commands or instructions in rapid succession.

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