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Date: 11/14/11 09:00 AM

22 Responses to Brain-Warping Sound Illusion

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    flagler Male 30-39
    321 posts
    November 14, 2011 at 8:56 am
    Link: Brain-Warping Sound Illusion - 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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    mischief83 Male 18-29
    186 posts
    November 14, 2011 at 9:06 am
    Ouch, my brain!
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    pokherkid Male 18-29
    79 posts
    November 14, 2011 at 9:08 am
    the last note is slightly lower so it cycles, its really not that impressive
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    deadbass72 Male 18-29
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    November 14, 2011 at 9:12 am
    yay! bored.
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    wickedsngr Female 18-29
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    November 14, 2011 at 9:13 am
    Weeeeeeeeird.
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    Justin9235 Male 18-29
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    November 14, 2011 at 9:33 am
    I must have replayed it a dozen times... mind = blown
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    Gortrok Male 18-29
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    November 14, 2011 at 9:45 am
    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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    incubus_inc Male 18-29
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    November 14, 2011 at 10:04 am
    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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    Quackor Male 18-29
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    November 14, 2011 at 10:20 am
    uh no.
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    Shaunoli Male 30-39
    64 posts
    November 14, 2011 at 10:29 am
    isnt that called an octave?
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    DixxyRarr Female 18-29
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    November 14, 2011 at 10:50 am
    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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    Buiadh Male 30-39
    6739 posts
    November 14, 2011 at 12:21 pm
    Old as the hills, still interesting.
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    November 14, 2011 at 12:35 pm
    Didn`t work for me.
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    RecycleElf Male 18-29
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    November 14, 2011 at 12:44 pm
    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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    NILE12 Male 18-29
    157 posts
    November 14, 2011 at 2:28 pm
    It`s playing two pitches at once and your brain is fooling you into hearing something different.
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    Ruffiana Male 30-39
    506 posts
    November 14, 2011 at 6:32 pm
    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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    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
    6230 posts
    November 14, 2011 at 9:17 pm
    AARRRAUUGUGARRRRHHHHH!!!! I can`t take it! Make it stop! ~going nuts~
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    draino123 Male 30-39
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    November 14, 2011 at 10:21 pm
    @ DixxyRarr: you are deaf in one ear so you dont have harmonic perception. :/
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    duffytoler Male 40-49
    5196 posts
    November 15, 2011 at 2:03 am
    Strange, I hear the voice of God telling me to slaughter the wicked in his righteous name. Anyone else getting that?

    Yes, and to vote for Republicans.
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    Zieveraar Male 30-39
    415 posts
    November 15, 2011 at 2:54 pm
    It only works once, for me anyway.
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    cyborg Male 13-17
    2790 posts
    November 15, 2011 at 6:00 pm
    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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    Angelmassb Male 18-29
    15511 posts
    November 15, 2011 at 7:30 pm
    First time I witness this was on Mario 64

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