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Gregory Hayes

Auditory Illusions

Explore your sense of hearing by creating weird sound tricks and effects.

By Michael Mauser

HAVING LONG BEEN INTRIGUED BY optical illusions, I was delighted to learn that there are also illusions we can experience with our other senses. Auditory illusions in particular fascinate me. Sound technicians and musicians often exploit these illusions, just as moviemakers and artists use visual illusions. Scientists also investigate auditory illusions to learn how we hear, and I’ve had a lot of fun duplicating their experiments and experiencing these tricks for myself.

To create the following 8 illusions, I used the free ...

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