Brain-Warping Sound Illusion

Submitted by: flagler 5 years ago in Misc

The audio equivalent to M.C. Escher"s ascending staircases. Replay this clip when it"s over--then feel your brain melt.
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Male 15,510
First time I witness this was on Mario 64
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Male 2,790
meh only works once. just listen to the lower notes played right before the higher one, it`ll seem to start over. or just skip to the beginning in the middle.
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Male 415
It only works once, for me anyway.
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Male 5,194
[quote]Strange, I hear the voice of God telling me to slaughter the wicked in his righteous name. Anyone else getting that?[/quote]

Yes, and to vote for Republicans.
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Male 770
@ DixxyRarr: you are deaf in one ear so you dont have harmonic perception. :/
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Male 6,227
AARRRAUUGUGARRRRHHHHH!!!! I can`t take it! Make it stop! ~going nuts~
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Male 506
Strange, I hear the voice of God telling me to slaughter the wicked in his righteous name.

Anyone else getting that?
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Male 157
It`s playing two pitches at once and your brain is fooling you into hearing something different.
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Male 3,619
i know what they are doing but it goes down and in the big picture it`s not working. still sounds like the rerun is the continuation of the end
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Male 17,512
Didn`t work for me.
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Male 6,737
Old as the hills, still interesting.
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Female 2,674
Hrrmm... it didn`t really work for me that well. I am almost totally deaf in one ear though, but I don`t think that would matter... ?
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Male 64
isnt that called an octave?
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Male 2,855
uh no.
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Male 977
yaaaaay! Something I can explain! I took way too many music theory listening classes not to be able to. The phenomena that causes you to pick out the continuous ascending is known as the overtone. In each and every frequency of sound you will ever hear there is a corresponding upper octave that rings through. The reason it keeps going up when you replay it is because you are anticipating the continuation, so your brain naturally picks out the overtones to make sense of the sound. It only works going up though, there are no such things as undertones, so it would not work if you were descending the line.
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Male 772
I heard it keep ascending the first time, but then I switched my brain and the rest of the replays were normal again lulz. I can do the same thing with those spinning images where you normally can`t tell if they`re spinning clockwise or anti-clockwise. It`s not a very useful skill to have, but I enjoy it ^_^
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Male 1,582
I must have replayed it a dozen times... mind = blown
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Female 457
Weeeeeeeeird.
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Male 166
yay! bored.
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Male 79
the last note is slightly lower so it cycles, its really not that impressive
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Male 186
Ouch, my brain!
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Male 321
Link: Brain-Warping Sound Illusion [Rate Link] - The audio equivalent to M.C. Escher`s ascending staircases. Replay this clip when it`s over--then feel your brain melt.
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