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Date: 10/09/07 02:30 AM

96 Responses to Aural Illusion

  1. Profile photo of buddy
    buddy Male 30-39
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    October 9, 2007 at 1:07 am
    Link: Aural Illusion - If you keep re-playing the video, the sounds appear to keep getting higher each time.
  2. Profile photo of Ant0n
    Ant0n Male 18-29
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    October 9, 2007 at 2:11 am
    it did appear to get a little higher the second time i played it, but after that it didnt realy changed...i liked the 3D-sound haircut(or whatever it was called) better...
  3. Profile photo of clubp
    clubp Male 13-17
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    October 9, 2007 at 2:35 am
    Woah it works
  4. Profile photo of iwcu
    iwcu Male 18-29
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    October 9, 2007 at 2:38 am
    Freaky, worked for about 5 times.
  5. Profile photo of xxxxxxxxxxx
    xxxxxxxxxxx Male 40-49
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    October 9, 2007 at 2:42 am
    Nice one
  6. Profile photo of bccseahawkz
    bccseahawkz Male 13-17
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    October 9, 2007 at 2:47 am
    that was really interesting. so wat happens after the 43rd minute? does it go so high that ur eardrums burst or something?
  7. Profile photo of kaseyface
    kaseyface Female 18-29
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    October 9, 2007 at 2:49 am
    Yeah, this was kinda cool, but a very simple trick. Each tone has several harmonics. The duration of the video goes all the way up to the time before the next harmonic of the first note. Since there was a pattern of te tones moving up and up, then we are inclined to hear the higher harmonic of the first note that was played in the video. So, it is the same note, but the rising pattern makes us inclined to hear a different part of the tone that is higher.
  8. Profile photo of Ant0n
    Ant0n Male 18-29
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    October 9, 2007 at 2:55 am
    On 10/9/2007 2:49:27 AM kaseyface wrote: Yeah, this was kinda cool, but a very simple trick. Each tone has several harmonics. The duration of the video goes all the way up to the time before the next harmonic of the first note. Since there was a pattern of te tones moving up and up, then we are inclined to hear the higher harmonic of the first note that was played in the video. So, it is the same note, but the rising pattern makes us inclined to hear a different part of the tone that is higher.
    you call that simple?
  9. Profile photo of Oshidutako
    Oshidutako Male 18-29
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    October 9, 2007 at 3:02 am
    lol that`s awesome. it works.
  10. Profile photo of LordJonathan
    LordJonathan Male 70 & Over
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    October 9, 2007 at 3:09 am
    It seemed to go higher on the second play but then that was it for me.
  11. Profile photo of EnlistedOne
    EnlistedOne Female 18-29
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    October 9, 2007 at 3:13 am
    it didn`t work for me at all. i think it`s because i`m so deeply intwined in my music that i was able to aurally judge the tone even though it was designed to trick me. it was a pretty cool little test though. it`s all about the brain working with the sounds it`s given versus common pattern. :)
  12. Profile photo of argenteus
    argenteus Male 18-29
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    October 9, 2007 at 3:40 am
    I noticed how it worked also. There are several notes being played, all on different octaves. After the notes are played (notice there are 12 of them, one for every note), we restart it, and then we hear the higher octave as it keeps going.

    Pretty neat stuff. I fell for it.

  13. Profile photo of maddux32
    maddux32 Male 30-39
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    October 9, 2007 at 3:50 am
    Yeah, it worked, but after replaying it a couple of times...towards the middle I could hear the sound drop off again and start over.
  14. Profile photo of Clayboy
    Clayboy Male 18-29
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    October 9, 2007 at 4:00 am
    ^^ its because your brain settled back on the root note.
  15. Profile photo of capcar
    capcar Female 13-17
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    October 9, 2007 at 4:05 am
    wow
  16. Profile photo of ZoKtorR
    ZoKtorR Male 18-29
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    October 9, 2007 at 4:07 am
    argenteus said it.

    And EnlistedOne, check your ass for equators.

  17. Profile photo of Sadiee
    Sadiee Female 13-17
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    October 9, 2007 at 4:08 am
    Haha that was great :)
  18. Profile photo of Pabasa
    Pabasa Male 18-29
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    October 9, 2007 at 4:16 am
    Interesting illusion.

    Brain gets fooled so easily.

  19. Profile photo of Kanashii
    Kanashii Female 13-17
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    October 9, 2007 at 4:22 am
    Nice, I didn`t know there were things like this... got any more? :]
  20. Profile photo of PianoMan21
    PianoMan21 Male 18-29
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    October 9, 2007 at 4:32 am
    EnlistedOne:
    It`s good to know I wasn`t the only one who anticipated the lowest harmonic to play upon repeat. My friend thought I was a freak for not hearing how the pitch "obviously went up."
    I`m glad all those music lessons were good for something... I think.
  21. Profile photo of BigBonny
    BigBonny Male 18-29
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    October 9, 2007 at 4:51 am
    Very clever! But after the third time, about half way in, it went back to normal.
  22. Profile photo of philippic
    philippic Male 18-29
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    October 9, 2007 at 5:23 am
    yeah its a cool lil trick.. you could do it on your piano but obviously with a bit of down tuning.
    learning is fun!
  23. Profile photo of i-am-emo
    i-am-emo Female 70 & Over
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    October 9, 2007 at 5:47 am
    any one else able to change it back and forth?
  24. Profile photo of beeyooteeful
    beeyooteeful Female 18-29
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    October 9, 2007 at 6:10 am
    :D :D :D

    *Is high*

  25. Profile photo of Itsdude56
    Itsdude56 Male 13-17
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    October 9, 2007 at 6:45 am
    good trick..hehe..
  26. Profile photo of Qhoss
    Qhoss Male 13-17
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    October 9, 2007 at 6:47 am
    How...?
  27. Profile photo of Declan191919
    Declan191919 Male 13-17
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    October 9, 2007 at 6:48 am
    Depending on how hard you focus on it differs its effect
  28. Profile photo of tgirl149
    tgirl149 Female 13-17
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    October 9, 2007 at 7:03 am
    wowzaaa
  29. Profile photo of LazyMe484
    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
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    October 9, 2007 at 7:23 am
    hey it workz, only a few times... after the 3rd time I realized I was being fooled and I was like; no way man, this is just the same thing over and over.
  30. Profile photo of tricky13
    tricky13 Female 18-29
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    October 9, 2007 at 7:40 am
    didn`t work for me at all...
  31. Profile photo of R_U_Kidding
    R_U_Kidding Male 18-29
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    October 9, 2007 at 7:57 am
    GAH!!! Stupid brain! >-( STOP getting fooled by audio trickery!
  32. Profile photo of antdow3
    antdow3 Male 18-29
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    October 9, 2007 at 9:36 am
    cool
  33. Profile photo of bobrocks665
    bobrocks665 Female 70 & Over
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    October 9, 2007 at 10:02 am
    kaseyface said exactly what I was going to. Each "note" had more then one tone, so on the first one you hear the highest one, making the whole scale sound higher.
  34. Profile photo of erucolindo87
    erucolindo87 Male 18-29
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    October 9, 2007 at 10:22 am
    Errm... This is kind of a dumb trick.

    Each pitch is always played in several octaves at once, so when you start the video over, you are focusing on the next octave up in that fundamental pitch. Sorry, music major here.... :-[

  35. Profile photo of lmaonaise
    lmaonaise Male 13-17
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    October 9, 2007 at 10:44 am
    wopee!
  36. Profile photo of AmyNicoleduh
    AmyNicoleduh Female 18-29
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    October 9, 2007 at 10:51 am
    Yeah, I understood how it worked and could have blocked it off, but I let it work on me. I liked it. :]
  37. Profile photo of sophiemichel
    sophiemichel Female 13-17
    217 posts
    October 9, 2007 at 11:20 am
    Haha.. worked for me. And since I`m obsessed with music I thought I`d hear through it like some people have said, lol.
  38. Profile photo of RecycleElf
    RecycleElf Male 18-29
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    October 9, 2007 at 11:37 am
    njaahh... dont know why, but i had to set on my headphones to hear the sound, and after i played it 3 times, i realised it whas the same sound all along:P (i did know from the start)
  39. Profile photo of kshandra
    kshandra Female 40-49
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    October 9, 2007 at 1:14 pm
    didn`t work for me, maybe i am tone deaf.....
  40. Profile photo of Trumple07
    Trumple07 Male 13-17
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    October 9, 2007 at 2:01 pm
    erm, i think its a virtual thing? not human. If u skip it back to the start, it goes lower. If u skip forward, goes higher...stilll cool :D
  41. Profile photo of Bekll
    Bekll Female 18-29
    1984 posts
    October 9, 2007 at 2:02 pm
    Same every time, man. Was it supposed to do that?
  42. Profile photo of jnettie
    jnettie Female 30-39
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    October 9, 2007 at 2:20 pm
    I must be tone deaf, it didn`t sound any different after the second round.
  43. Profile photo of animefreak88
    animefreak88 Female 13-17
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    October 9, 2007 at 2:38 pm
    gnarly
  44. Profile photo of LolaGabanna
    LolaGabanna Female 18-29
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    October 9, 2007 at 2:39 pm
    That was cool... 16 years of violin and it still got me. I understand how it works, but its kinda cool to let your brain be fooled.
  45. Profile photo of NumbuhZero
    NumbuhZero Female 18-29
    878 posts
    October 9, 2007 at 3:10 pm
    It didn`t work for me.
    But I play the piano almost constantly, so I`m a good judge of pitch.
  46. Profile photo of sunnysongbrd
    sunnysongbrd Female 18-29
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    October 9, 2007 at 4:11 pm
    Trumple, its been explained like seven times now.

    Its as simple as one of those optical illusions with the elephant with six legs, or anything like that, its just aural instead of optical.

    Basically, your brain knows what it wants tod o, and it tries to do it, and unless you`ve been trained to listen for pitches in chords and harmonies (like any of us musicians have been), then you probably will be fooled...

  47. Profile photo of LemonScented
    LemonScented Female 13-17
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    October 9, 2007 at 4:15 pm
    bizzare
  48. Profile photo of nicole_xo
    nicole_xo Female 13-17
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    October 9, 2007 at 4:43 pm
    Strangely amusing.
  49. Profile photo of randomer
    randomer Male 13-17
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    October 9, 2007 at 4:52 pm
    Cool...I like it
  50. Profile photo of NOFX14
    NOFX14 Male 18-29
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    October 9, 2007 at 4:52 pm
    really doesnt work for me. like the first note after you play it again sounded harder then my mind knows its just going back up the scale again. stupid music skills
  51. Profile photo of caboose117
    caboose117 Male 13-17
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    October 9, 2007 at 5:01 pm
    to those who point it out, you don`t need to... if you say it was "simple", then don`t point out the obvious. any1 with any music knowledge knows, those without music knowledge won`t really care
  52. Profile photo of DudeGuy
    DudeGuy Male 13-17
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    October 9, 2007 at 5:18 pm
    worked roughly 4 times
  53. Profile photo of ZoKtorR
    ZoKtorR Male 18-29
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    October 9, 2007 at 5:32 pm
    caboose117, I think some people are interested in other people`s explanations. It`s comments like yours that no one is interested in.
  54. Profile photo of buddy0
    buddy0 Male 18-29
    38 posts
    October 9, 2007 at 5:58 pm
    audio optical illusion
  55. Profile photo of shinu
    shinu Male 18-29
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    October 9, 2007 at 6:16 pm
    it doesnt work if you skip around lol :D (and i mean skip to different parts of the video, not actually physically skipping :P)
  56. Profile photo of Noponky
    Noponky Male 13-17
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    October 9, 2007 at 6:28 pm
    ...wow...
  57. Profile photo of kidcomeback
    kidcomeback Male 18-29
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    October 9, 2007 at 7:20 pm
    they did the same thing in mario 64 for n64 when mario goes up those never ending stairs.
  58. Profile photo of YinYang78
    YinYang78 Male 13-17
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    October 9, 2007 at 7:35 pm
    Holy crap! Stop screwing with my eardrums bitches!
  59. Profile photo of Ace-G
    Ace-G Male 13-17
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    October 9, 2007 at 7:39 pm
    I realized that while half-way through the video, if you put it back to the beginning it seems to not work. I played about 3/4 of the video and put it back near the beginning it seemed to restart.
  60. Profile photo of Nina221
    Nina221 Female 13-17
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    October 9, 2007 at 7:43 pm
    worked 4 a while
  61. Profile photo of omgitssam
    omgitssam Male 13-17
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    October 9, 2007 at 7:54 pm
    how does that happen?
  62. Profile photo of Kyur
    Kyur Male 18-29
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    October 9, 2007 at 8:04 pm
    I use to have this but with 1 note only. You load it up into a media player and set it on repeat.
  63. Profile photo of shizzamX
    shizzamX Female 18-29
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    October 9, 2007 at 8:30 pm
    awesome.
  64. Profile photo of justKatrina
    justKatrina Female 13-17
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    October 9, 2007 at 8:35 pm
    Oh God it`s gonna break.
  65. Profile photo of shiggin
    shiggin Female 13-17
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    October 9, 2007 at 9:10 pm
    ...Meh
  66. Profile photo of Thedoomthing
    Thedoomthing Male 18-29
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    October 9, 2007 at 9:24 pm
    didnt work for me
  67. Profile photo of TheGrag
    TheGrag Male 13-17
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    October 9, 2007 at 9:47 pm
    it didnt work for me... it didn`t creep up...
  68. Profile photo of LoudIsGood
    LoudIsGood Male 13-17
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    October 9, 2007 at 10:24 pm
    I still heard it "change," but I understood the idea of overtones before that.

    If you listen for it, you can continue to hear the lowest overtone every time.

  69. Profile photo of PontaFanta
    PontaFanta Female 13-17
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    October 9, 2007 at 10:58 pm
    Ohhhh cool.
  70. Profile photo of totzz
    totzz Female 13-17
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    October 10, 2007 at 12:00 am
    that was cool
  71. Profile photo of Dragonfirexz
    Dragonfirexz Male 18-29
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    October 10, 2007 at 12:37 am
    You know a better idea would be to not tell anyone that you have to replay it, and just repeat the same tones over again making it twice as long. And then at the end of the video point out that the 2nd set of notes was the same as the first.
  72. Profile photo of unreedemed
    unreedemed Male 13-17
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    October 10, 2007 at 12:48 am
    I could of sworn i heard it go back down the 2nd last and last time. :\
  73. Profile photo of pinker
    pinker Female 18-29
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    October 10, 2007 at 1:48 am
    This kinda thing only works with perfect tuning..if a piano is perfectly in tune it will work but if it isn`t you wont hear the overtones, which are very important to the effect. Also a Music Major...

    Also this effect tends not to work for those who played bass instruments like String bass, Trombone and Tuba.

  74. Profile photo of slimeyslime
    slimeyslime Male 13-17
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    October 10, 2007 at 1:49 am
    Cool. I want more things like this.
  75. Profile photo of cabbitt
    cabbitt Female 18-29
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    October 10, 2007 at 2:00 am
    Pretty cool.
  76. Profile photo of AngeloMike
    AngeloMike Male 18-29
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    October 10, 2007 at 12:43 pm
    It didn`t work on me at all because I`m smart.
  77. Profile photo of Loganp3
    Loganp3 Male 18-29
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    October 10, 2007 at 4:09 pm
    neat trick
  78. Profile photo of fidgetstitch
    fidgetstitch Female 18-29
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    October 10, 2007 at 6:54 pm
    Am I the only weirdo who heard the same thing every time - just the same harmonics played over and over?!
  79. Profile photo of lizzybee16
    lizzybee16 Female 18-29
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    October 10, 2007 at 6:55 pm
    all they did was play harmonic notes, and you`re brain just picked up on the highest harmonic note when you replay it.
  80. Profile photo of caboose117
    caboose117 Male 13-17
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    October 10, 2007 at 7:12 pm
    "
    caboose117, I think some people are interested in other people`s explanations. It`s comments like yours that no one is interested in."

    you know, maybe your right. but then again, do we need the same post 4 times in 1 page? i think not.

    and no1 cares bout ur post anyway

  81. Profile photo of VVIsGod
    VVIsGod Male 13-17
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    October 10, 2007 at 8:23 pm
    I began hearing the multiple tones after a few times...
  82. Profile photo of peek_a_boo
    peek_a_boo Female 13-17
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    October 10, 2007 at 9:58 pm
    Holy crap it worked! I`m a little ceeped out.
  83. Profile photo of exit_light
    exit_light Male 13-17
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    October 11, 2007 at 6:16 pm
    its just harmonics and octaves
  84. Profile photo of buddy0
    buddy0 Male 18-29
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    October 11, 2007 at 7:13 pm

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    shinu
    Male, 13-17, Midwest US
    927 Posts Tuesday, October 09, 2007 6:16:02 PM
    it doesnt work if you skip around lol :D (and i mean skip to different parts of the video, not actually physically skipping :P)
    ME TALKING NOW LOL AGT THE SKIPPING PART
  85. Profile photo of ZoKtorR
    ZoKtorR Male 18-29
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    October 12, 2007 at 11:49 am
    pinker, ur talking out of ur ass.
  86. Profile photo of desie
    desie Female 18-29
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    October 12, 2007 at 9:45 pm
    I didn`t feel like re-starting it 5 times.

    Dang it every time I go to watch a video on the computer I`m expecting something to jump out & go "RAWWWRR."
    The internet has made me so paranoid.

  87. Profile photo of asadasad1010
    asadasad1010 Male 18-29
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    October 13, 2007 at 1:31 pm
    Wow! it works. Link To Sound Thingy
  88. Profile photo of surf831
    surf831 Male 13-17
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    October 14, 2007 at 12:09 am
    It was just a chord, with the bottom note getting louder evey time.
  89. Profile photo of thereforeiam
    thereforeiam Female 18-29
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    October 14, 2007 at 12:44 am
    whoa...neat.
  90. Profile photo of webber198
    webber198 Male 30-39
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    October 15, 2007 at 10:05 am
    They`ve got lots of auditory illusions and binaural recordings like this on:

    http://www.virtualbarber.org/

  91. Profile photo of Woot45
    Woot45 Female 13-17
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    October 16, 2007 at 12:09 am
    If you wait about two seconds after it stops it doesn`t work.
  92. Profile photo of Caprikorn28
    Caprikorn28 Female 18-29
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    October 17, 2007 at 9:16 pm
    thaaat definitely didnt do anything

    I`m very involved in orchestral and symphonic music, so I merely heard the same thing over and over again

  93. Profile photo of gigglygiggle
    gigglygiggle Male 18-29
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    October 23, 2007 at 8:46 am
    Until the fifth time, I realized it was playing BOTH the high and original note.
  94. Profile photo of yoimmylene
    yoimmylene Female 13-17
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    January 7, 2008 at 4:21 pm
    For me, it went higher, then lower O____O
  95. Profile photo of Camira
    Camira Male 18-29
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    January 10, 2008 at 6:43 pm
    This is now my ringtone :)
  96. Profile photo of OrangeCrow
    OrangeCrow Female 18-29
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    February 27, 2009 at 2:39 am
    worked the second time but not the third. o.o

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