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  • BenB
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Hearing voices in white noise
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It was recorded in a drilling station. It led to some religious theories.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Well_to_Hell_hoax

  • dhromed
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Hearing voices in white noise
Reply #26
Something like this?

Noise_file1


Sounds like a loop of a really busy street or railway station.

Hearing voices in white noise
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  • robertcb
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Every time I play noise, usually pink noise, I will hear what sounds like faint vocals behind the ripping fuzz of noise. Typically I am generating the file for system tuning, and the voices catch me off guard every time. I cannot make out any content, but there is a clear (usually) male voice, at times screams, laughs, etc. However, the vocalizations are not randomly hallucinated simply because there is noise present in the room. That is, I'm not crazy, I promise  If I seek to the same spot within the file over and over, the same vocalizations (tone, pitch) repeat, especially after some sort of notable colorful deviation from a comparatively monotonous mumble. I can seek to, and repeat this especially loud vocal over and over.

Is this the brain picking what it can out of a ton of data, because some parts or patterns at certain frequencies of the sound somewhat resemble voice? I'd like to learn a bit more on this, and know if anyone else readily experiences this. If you've never noticed this, I can generate pink noise and listen myself until there are some notably loud sounds resembling a vocal, and save these parts with a description of what it sounds like is being said or hummed. As I said usually I can't pick even a single word out, although it sounds like the vocal flows and modulates like a real person speaking would. Good to try to emulate to add vocals or interesting melodies to your own sound.

I confirm the existence of such a phenomenon.
From my scientific research it appears that it is caused by the observer effect known from quantum mechanics.
Noise or other random sounds are to some extent reduced in the observer's mind to specific values of amplitude, frequency, waveform and duration.
As a result of the progressive reduction of sound superposition - it is possible to arrange a modulation resembling a human voice or other sounds.
Who is responsible for this process - I do not know (ghosts, aliens, multidimensional beings, UFOs etc ..)
The phenomenon itself is real, although most often it is a weak enough effect, that without careful listening - most people will hear nothing but noise.
I understand electronic voice phenomena in the same way.

Re: Hearing voices in white noise
Reply #29
I think the vast majority of time is that you're looking for recognizable patterns in white noise subconsciously and there's a small percentage of the time where you might actually be hearing something as well.  If you can, feel free to investigate the cause of what it might be.

  • ajinfla
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Re: Hearing voices in white noise
Reply #30
I thought it was a joke until I played white noise backwards
Loudspeaker manufacturer

  • andy o
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Re: Hearing voices in white noise
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Every time I play noise, usually pink noise, I will hear what sounds like faint vocals behind the ripping fuzz of noise. Typically I am generating the file for system tuning, and the voices catch me off guard every time. I cannot make out any content, but there is a clear (usually) male voice, at times screams, laughs, etc. However, the vocalizations are not randomly hallucinated simply because there is noise present in the room. That is, I'm not crazy, I promise  If I seek to the same spot within the file over and over, the same vocalizations (tone, pitch) repeat, especially after some sort of notable colorful deviation from a comparatively monotonous mumble. I can seek to, and repeat this especially loud vocal over and over.

Is this the brain picking what it can out of a ton of data, because some parts or patterns at certain frequencies of the sound somewhat resemble voice? I'd like to learn a bit more on this, and know if anyone else readily experiences this. If you've never noticed this, I can generate pink noise and listen myself until there are some notably loud sounds resembling a vocal, and save these parts with a description of what it sounds like is being said or hummed. As I said usually I can't pick even a single word out, although it sounds like the vocal flows and modulates like a real person speaking would. Good to try to emulate to add vocals or interesting melodies to your own sound.

I confirm the existence of such a phenomenon.
From my scientific research it appears that it is caused by the observer effect known from quantum mechanics.
Noise or other random sounds are to some extent reduced in the observer's mind to specific values of amplitude, frequency, waveform and duration.
As a result of the progressive reduction of sound superposition - it is possible to arrange a modulation resembling a human voice or other sounds.
Who is responsible for this process - I do not know (ghosts, aliens, multidimensional beings, UFOs etc ..)
The phenomenon itself is real, although most often it is a weak enough effect, that without careful listening - most people will hear nothing but noise.
I understand electronic voice phenomena in the same way.

^^ Quality first post + necropost bonus.

  • polemon
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Re: Hearing voices in white noise
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People are very good at recognizing patterns, be it auditory or visual.

Often people seem to kinda recognize patterns in random data. Sometimes they that present as evidence, even.

Matt Parker - the Stand Up Maths guy - did a pretty interesting talk on that with the London Mathematical Society:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sf5OrthVRPA (1h 3m)

  • plonk420
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Re: Hearing voices in white noise
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i guess the age-old question is if the pattern can be ABX'd against another clip of pink/white noise