If Twitter were any indication, there are now two types of people in this world – those who hear “Yanny” and those who hear “Laurel”.
Wolfe thinks those that hear Yanny may have younger ears compared to those hearing Laurel.
But where did it all come from?
A short clip originally posted on Reddit has people divided on what they’ve just heard. However, she didn’t create the audio track.
It is the biggest internet debate since the infamous black and blue – or white and gold – dress of 2015. Sufjan Stevens even re-issued Carrie Lowell under the new name Yanny Laurel. “And that can be a significant factor in what you first initially hear is simply based on the hardware that you are listening through”.
In a tweet that has gone viral, a three second recording only has a single word that has sparked a social media war. This same mystery Broadway actor and perhaps opera singer “recorded over 36,000 words for Vocabulary.com, including the word, “audacity”, which is Tinker’s favorite”.
Regardless of the initial answer, the clip with its pitch dropped sounds like Yanny. The listing’s for laurel.
The New York Times going above and beyond.building a tool to gradually accentuate different frequencies. Post that she uploaded it to her Instagram story and soon enough another senior named Fernando Castro re-published the clip on to his Instagram story as a poll.
I believe the original recording was meant to be a synthesis of “Laurel”, but the speech generation method in this case was just kind of shoddy – leading to the very understandable misperception.
“If you highlight the high frequencies you get Yanny”.
It later emerged that the audio file was in fact both words overlapped – yanni at a higher frequency and laurel at a lower – and that most brains could only concentrate on one or the other.
What you hear may depend on how good a hearing you have.