Three years after the the internet had a meltdown debate over the color of a dress, an audio file has the internet in a frenzy once again, questioning one another’s hearing, as well as their own. However, this new fad involves a recorded voice saying “Yanny” or “Laurel.”
What do you hear?! Yanny or Laurel pic.twitter.com/jvHhCbMc8I
— Cloe Feldman (@CloeCouture) May 15, 2018
Social media influence and vlogger Cloe Feldman posted a posted of the audio recording on her Instagram account, as well as her Twitter page a short time later: “What do you hear? Yanny or Laurel,” accompanied by a recording of a computerized voice. This seemingly innocent question has the internet up-in-arms once again, battling over the correct answer and questioning the sanity of those who have opposing answers.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. One Theory Posed by a Redditor Involves the Amount of Bass Produced from the Device You’re Listening On
We must solve this conundrum once and for all!! https://t.co/iRFsFfKOe9
— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) May 15, 2018
According to this Reddit thread, what you hear depends on the amount of bass that’s being produced from the device you’re listening on.
“Turn the volume up/down to hear each version.
It has to do with the bass frequencies not being perceived as loud at lower volumes.
If you turn the volume very low, there will be practically no bass and you will hear Yanny.
Turn the volume up and play it on some speakers that have actual bass response (aka not your phone) and you will hear Laurel.
Obviously this also depends on individual physiology and on what you “expect” to hear.
I’m assuming they combined the high frequencies of “Yanny” with the lower frequencies of “Laurel” (with some overlap), and the two words are phonetically similar enough for this to work. However, your brain can’t handle both at once, so it picks one and that is the version you hear.”
2. By Manipulating Audio and Changing the Pitch of the Voice, Some Listeners Have Been Able to Hear Both Laurel and Yanny or the Opposite of What They Originally Heard
you can hear both when you adjust the bass levels: pic.twitter.com/22boppUJS1
— Earth Vessel Quotes (@earthvessquotes) May 15, 2018
Some social media users claimed they could hear both words at the same time after adjusting the audio levels, while others claimed they could hear different words depending on how the audio was manipulated.
Others claimed they heard one word for a while, then the other — or even both simultaneously.
I’m playing with the audio in Audacity so I can hear both Laurel and Yanny because I’m a normal person with a normal brain
— Russell Steinberg (@Russ_Steinberg) May 15, 2018
Ok, so if you pitch-shift it you can hear different things:
— Steve Pomeroy (@xxv) May 15, 2018
Some users tried to break down the science …read more