Yanny vs Laurel

April 18, 2020, 4:24 AM ·


Only one word is being said, but people either hear Yanny, or Laurel. Interested to see if the older population indeed hear differently?

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April 18, 2020, 6:51 AM · If he said "19% of people hear Dvorak", would you believe him?
It's a spoof.
April 18, 2020, 7:07 AM · Oh! HAHAHAHAHA! I get it now! LOL!!
April 18, 2020, 8:37 AM · Hmmm... Yanny (Yanni?) was never close. If anything, the pitch shift made it more obvious.
April 18, 2020, 8:44 AM · I hear a quantum superposition of both.

Maybe it's cheating, because I know both "possible" answers. It also kinda sounds like nothing at all.

April 18, 2020, 8:46 AM · Oh man; and I thought the Cremona Instruments thread was getting old-- this Yanny or Laurel topic is past moldy!
April 18, 2020, 8:54 AM · Am I supposed to be listening for Tartini Tones?

I predict this thread will grow to 300 responses that will include all kinds of the most wretchedly botched "physics" explanations for various things.

April 18, 2020, 9:03 AM · Yikes, the Covid-19 isolation is really making people strange.
April 18, 2020, 10:49 AM · I didn't realize until just then that this topic was already 2 years old, sorry! It just wasn't a thing in my country, compared to the 'black/blue or gold/white dress' issue. I find it interesting because at first I heard only Yanny, but needed a few minutes of concentration to also hear Laurel. Of course both Yanny and Laurel are present, with Yanny living in the upper harmonics and Laurel deep in the fundamental.

For me this feels like trying bows, and listening to what kind of overtones they carry. Once I heard Laurel, I began to see the excerpt from a much broader perspective aurally. I wouldn't be surprised if cellist and bassists for example were unable to hear Yanny, and violinists struggled to locate Laurel.

April 19, 2020, 6:28 AM · Bows dont carry overtones.
April 19, 2020, 7:11 AM · Maybe James meant overtones that bows produce

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