This 10-second audio illusion doesn’t seem like a big deal…until you replay it

August 25, 2014 | 1 comment

You can’t always trust what you see, but what you hear is less deceiving, right?

Maybe not.

Named for cognitive scientist Roger Shepard, a Shepard tone has ten sine waves with frequencies that are separated by octaves. When played in a sequence the tones comprise the Shepard scale and produce an effect that is like an audio version of the infinitely rising spiral of a barbershop pole.

The Shepard scale in this video is just 10 seconds long but when you replay the video, you’ll hear the intriguing and seemingly impossible illusion…

(The video will replay automatically.)

Related… These astounding audio illusions prove that you can’t trust your ears

Taylor Swift’s VMA performance with the music removed… Just her voice

August 25, 2014 | 5 comments

Take Taylor Swift’s rendition of her new song “Shake It Off” from yesterday’s MTV Video Music Awards and isolate the vocals. You get this…

And to think, some people think she can’t sing live.

(via Concourse)

This tribute to Robin Williams (featuring him singing and rapping) will get stuck in your head

August 22, 2014 | No comments

Taking some of Robin Williams’ best moments, musician Melodysheep tastefully but thouroughly applied autotune and turned them into a catchy pop song, complete with a hip-hop bridge…

(All proceeds from our “Robin Williams” posts are going to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.)

Check out the song this car thief was listening to when he got busted. Stupidly ironic…

August 15, 2014 | No comments

For a recent sting in Albuquerque, the police parked a bait car and waited to arrest whoever stole it. The operation lured a 21-year-old thief. In this footage he seems very pleased with himself and thinks that the song playing is the perfect soundtrack.

When the cops shut off the car remotely and arrested him, he realized just how wrong he was…

Why you should never screw around during band practice (Just kidding, go for it)

August 11, 2014 | No comments

At first, this seems like a lesson in calming down and participating with the group. But on second thought, what fun would life be if we told class clowns to be quiet instead of just letting it play out? Like this…

(via Reddit)

Can you handle 30 seconds in the most annoying place in the world? Test yourself…

August 11, 2014 | 7 comments

After watching this video — if you can make it through — you will feel both amazement and pity for the people who actually have to be here all day every day for work.

If you’re ready, here’s the challenge…

Spend 30 seconds in the Times Square Guitar Center

Could you do it? Bonus points for not adjusting your volume.

These guitarists’ faces make so much more sense when you see what they’re actually holding

August 11, 2014 | No comments

Why do guitarists always look so shocked or like they’re in pain? You’ve probably always thought it’s because they’re feeling the music they’re playing so profoundly. But that’s not it at all.

As soon as you realize that the guitars they’re holding are an illusion, everything begins to make sense. Of course they look pained… Those aren’t guitars at all.

They’re giant slugs!

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