…she plays some auditory illusions, which are among the strangest sounds I have ever heard. What strikes me is just how easily the eerie and futuristic sounds divide the audience. Like the viral furore #TheDress, which prompted radically different interpretations of colour, the audio clips she played – and others like them – challenge our assumptions about how we each perceive the world.
We’re often told that seeing isn’t believing, but I had never realised just how fragile and deceptive our hearing can be, too. Once I have left the pub’s cellar and made my way to the hustle and bustle of King’s Cross Station, I begin to wonder just how much of what I hear is created by my brain. My soundscape will never be quite the same way again…
“The strangest sounds in the world“, David Robson, BBC.
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