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Postby mitchiemasha; Thu May 17, 2018 10:29 am Golden Ears?

What with Yanny and Lauren exploding all over social media right now, which is very similar to the Tritone paradox that many of us here should know about, it got me thinking about an old audio illusion i stumbled upon...

Sounds we can't unhear. I can't find the original example i heard, it was better but this one will do.
https://soundcloud.com/whyy-the-pulse/an-audio-illusion


Here's my theory. Mix engineers with the so called Golden Ears might be missing this trait normal people have. They always hear what they hear, not filling in any gaps. We all know how we expected to hear our sound and once we've heard it, we can never hear it for the first time, again. If you lacked this trait, you'd always hear it as is.

This also stems into my beliefs how different genres are completely bizarre to other listeners. They haven't journeyed the path that sound has followed to evolve to become as it is. The extreme is less if you heard the songs before them.

https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/ ... ar/373036/
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Postby stratum; Thu May 17, 2018 2:39 pm Re: Golden Ears?

My wife told me about this, I couldn't figure out how she was able to hear that word as "Lauren", it was obviously "Yanny" to me.
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Postby Unaspected; Thu May 17, 2018 3:05 pm Re: Golden Ears?

Crazy stuff. I hear Laurel very clearly and no matter how I try, I can't hear Yanny.
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Postby mitchiemasha; Thu May 17, 2018 11:41 pm Re: Golden Ears?

Look up Tritone paradox it's very similar. In the Tritone paradox, 1 note is followed by a higher note, whilst the other note is followed by a lower note, at the same time, but to each individual listener, you will either here the next note as higher or lower, deepending.

With this Yanny Lauren thing, it's really quite simple (especially if you'd already heard about the tritone thing). it all depends on what device you are listening too and which frequencies your brain automatically focuses on.

However, my reason for posting this thread is of something way more interesting than the Yanny Lauren hype. The sounds you can't unhear, it's really quite freaky. If we apply that to what we know about music production and mixing, it explains a lot.

Have a read.
https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/ ... ar/373036/
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Postby BertKoor; Fri May 18, 2018 12:17 am Re: Golden Ears?

The brain is a learning machine, trying to correlate stuff and make sense of whatever we observe. Simple as that :shrug:


About a year or so someone asked here how to create such a full sound, with an example track (Within Temptation?) inserted. I could easily make out it was a wall of distorted guitars, drums and vocals drenched in reverb, padded with choir and various orchestra sounds. But to someone not able to pinch through what the components are and recognise them, it's just a full-spectrum blur. Maybe even muddy, but in a pleasant way.

Comes to think of it, this here is the same phenomena: I sat with a friend recently, and a pregnant woman walked by. He said: "she had sex." Three seconds pause, and I replied: "But with who..."
A running gag you cannot undo. I HAVE to think about that gag whenever I saw a pregnant woman since.
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Postby VariKusBrainZ; Fri May 18, 2018 2:44 am Re: Golden Ears?

My GF just did this on me, she hears Laurel, I hear Yanni.

Wierd as I can distinctly hear the Y sound at the beginning and the ee sound at the end, she hears neither, I cant even slightly hear how it might sound like Laurel.

She made some comment about those with better high freuqency sense will hear Yanni.
I find this wierd as my hearing rolls off around 13kHz and she played it to me on her phone.

We even moved the phone to different distances to see if it made any difference.
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Postby BertKoor; Fri May 18, 2018 3:10 am Re: Golden Ears?

First heard the "Laurel / Yanni" thing in the living room with very decent speakers: I heard Laurel.
Next I heard it on the bedroom TV with crappy sound: I heard Yanni.
Next day I heard it on a MacBookPro, and I could hear them both!

Now back on the GoldenEars subject....
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Postby VariKusBrainZ; Fri May 18, 2018 3:33 am Re: Golden Ears?

VariKusBrainZ wrote:My GF just did this on me, she hears Laurel, I hear Yanni.

Wierd as I can distinctly hear the Y sound at the beginning and the ee sound at the end, she hears neither, I cant even slightly hear how it might sound like Laurel.

She made some comment about those with better high freuqency sense will hear Yanni.
I find this wierd as my hearing rolls off around 13kHz and she played it to me on her phone.

We even moved the phone to different distances to see if it made any difference.

Now just tried on my tablets speakers and with multimedia speakers and hear Laurel
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Postby mitchiemasha; Fri May 18, 2018 7:57 am Re: Golden Ears?

Did anyone try the sounds we can't unhear?
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Postby Unaspected; Fri May 18, 2018 9:08 am Re: Golden Ears?

mitchiemasha wrote:Did anyone try the sounds we can't unhear?


Yes. It does make you wonder just how much work we continue to do based on how a mix started out. Are we still hearing sounds that are actually masked? Who knows.
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Postby mitchiemasha; Fri May 18, 2018 11:23 am Re: Golden Ears?

There is a few comments where people have said it doesn't work for them. A normal person, not professional. So i wonder if there's a very small percentage who lack this trait. If this is true and that person just happened to want to be a mix or mastering engineer, it would surely give them an edge. Could this be the legendary Golden Ears? Mixed with dedication and experience.

Our mix to us sounds perfect, we've listened to it hundreds of times, but it's our brains that are mixing it, not our ears. We fill in the gaps, we use preaquired information, as the test proves. To a new listener our sound is strange and peculiar, quite different to what we hear.

Actually. It's probably best the likes of iZotope don't get hold of this info. As it turns out... We can't trust our ears!!! I can see the marketing campaigns. It totally flips all those arguments that have been lost to the, "mix with your ears not your eyes", crew!

I'd love to read about some mastering engineers doing the 'sound you can't unhear test'.

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