On 17/05/2018 07:23, Ross wrote:
> On Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 1:03:48 PM UTC+12, Janet wrote:
>> In article <rg_KC.firstname.lastname@example.org>, ***@bb.er says...
>>> On 16/05/2018 10:57, occam wrote:
>>>> "Professor David Alais from the University of Sydney?s school of
>>>> psychology says the Yanny/Laurel sound is an example of a ?perceptually
>>>> ambiguous stimulus? such as the Necker cube or the face/vase illusion. "
>>>> I have to confess, all I could hear was 'Laurel', no matter how hard I
>>>> tried to make out the other sound.
>>> This is really rather remarkable. I heard an unequivocal "laurel" first,
>>> but when I turned the tone control on my speakers to maximum treble and
>>> tried again, I could get "yanny". Putting the bass back, it was "laurel"
>>> again but as I gradually increased the treble to find the crossover
>>> point, "yanny" never came back at all. I could only get "yanny" back by
>>> listening to a bass-shifted version of the recording. Once I had it, the
>>> original recording had gone back to "yanny", and stayed "yanny" despited
>>> shifting the tone gradually back to bass. I have yet to find any way of
>>> hearing intermediate-sounding word.
>>> The recording seems to be an artificial mix of a high-frequency "yanny"
>>> with a low frequency "laurel" but what is remarkable is the brain's
>>> insistence on tuning to one, and staying tuned to it.
>>> A page with bass and treble-shifted versions, which may help people hear
>>> the "opposite" word is at
>> Ah, now I can hear both by shifting the bass.
>> for those who want to try shifting the pitch
>> down 30%: https://xxv.so/0x6841c258
>> down 20%: https://xxv.so/0x75b636d0
>> up 20%: https://xxv.so/0x9d0eb907
>> up 30% https://xxv.so/0x6d752ac8
>> up 40% https://xxv.so/0x90b8eeee
>> https://twitter.com/CloeCouture/status/996218489831473152 ?
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> This works nicely for me: pitch raised, I hear Laurel (as with unmodified),
> pitch lowered, bringing the higher frequencies down into my optimal
> hearing range, I start to hear...well, something like "yearry".
> Two points of interest that have emerged: (1) people who listen to the
> "original" soundfile on pronunciation.com (?) hear _only_ "Laurel", which
> is what it was meant to be; (2) Munson and the other acoustic phoneticians
> who examined the spectrogram of the viral version found clear evidence that
> it had been mucked about - either pieces of another speaker spliced in,
> formants wiped out, or re-recorded through a low-fi device such as a cell
> phone. I'm still interested in who did it and why.
I've listened to all the versions and I have not yet heard anything but
Yanny. With the pitch shifted up 40%, this moves slightly towards
Yorry, but I've never heard an initial L.