Yanny or Laurel? Audio clip divides the internet

Posted May 17, 2018

"They're like eight-year-old treehouse buddies with those cans on strings, gossiping about which girls they secretly paid off, or whether it's Yanny or Laurel", Noah said.

If you heard "Laurel", you are the victor and have earned bragging rights for this round of internet debate.

But where did it all come from?

It all started with a relatively innocuous tweet from Cloe Feldman. However, she didn't create the audio track. As for the dress, some people said it was white and gold while others saw blue and black. Vocabulary.com previously worked with about eight professional opera singers to record every word in English over a six month period because they are fluent in International Phonetic Alphabet, Tinkler said. Personally, I heard "Yanny" on a cheap PC speaker, but "Laurel" on better earphones myself. The listing's for laurel.

Listen to when the frequency in the recording is shifted.

That aside, Story ran an acoustic analysis on the viral recording of the computerized voice.

RNZ Auckland staffers unanimously heard "Yanny" in the clip, however further investigations showed it was possible to hear both words depending on the type of headphones worn.

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past 24 hours, you've probably run into the latest viral trend: "Yanny" vs. "Laurel".

The higher frequency is the Yanny and the lower frequency is the Laurel.

Some of it has to do with what you expect to hear, too.

"The input can be organised in two alternative ways", Maastricht University professor Lars Riecke added to The Verge.

"Because it's noisy, your brain is filling in with what it thinks it should be".