The gift that keeps on giving. Auditory perception seems to be even more underconstrained than vision.
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Lando (as in Calrissian)
BarkingMar 1, 2014
- Wow that was intense. Wonder what it's generated from?Feb 27, 2014
- Don't wait, don't wait, don't wait, don't wait....Feb 27, 2014
- Another hidden price of spending so much of my time swimming with samplers: all I can hear is exactly what it is, and how it was created.Mar 1, 2014
- Which is?Mar 1, 2014
- It's pretty clever, but very simple. In this case, it's two phonemes, call them "N" and "W," being played in a loop, in stereo opposition to each other. If the first line if the left channel, and the second is the right, it would look like this:
I do a lot of work with independent phonemes like this, and when they're looped, you'll get "phantom words" fairly often even if they're not in stereo opposition, in much the same way that staring at clouds will produce visions of dragons and faces and weasels and whatnot: the brain is a purpose-built pattern-recognition device, and if you feed it noise, it'll make a pattern even if there isn't one. [I find it fascinating when the mind is handed a pattern, and makes noise out of it instead: say "blue bird" over and over enough times, and you'll find you're saying "bird blue" for no particular reason at all.]
The stereo opposition in this example makes the effect even more pronounced - I get this when working with phonemes and echo processors - to the point that I suspect if you put on headphones, the illusion would quickly be shattered. My brain just happens to have been accidentally trained to pick out these effects; a lot of my music is designed to exploit or make use of the limitations and characteristics of the ear and brain [probably because both of mine are so badly broken].Mar 1, 2014
- You are exactly right on all counts. Don't think your brain is as badly broken as you think.Mar 1, 2014
- +Earl Hollar I achieved the same phenomenon of phantom words you described while experimenting over dubbing, looping simple musical patterns using cassette tape recorders in the early eighties. We were in our teens and it was spooky and cool to us to listen to the ghost in the machine.Mar 1, 2014
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