Monday, December 6, 2010

Phantom Melodies

A Phantom Melody is an audio illusion. When a piece of music has high-speed arpeggios or other repeating patterns, an illusion takes place. The listener picks up the slight changes in notes, and mentally links the notes together to form a new melody not originally written. Take Sinding's Fr├╝hlingsrauschen (aka The Rustle of Spring). When listened to, the arpeggios mesh together into a separate melody.

Rustle of Spring - Full Speed

Rustle of Spring - Quarter Speed

The normal song has two melodies going on. One in the arpeggios.
When slowed down, the listener does not link together the notes.

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