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Continuum
post Jan 18 2006, 10:37
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The last edition of the German (snake-oil) HiFi-magazine AUDIO reported on some interesting recent research on hearing. They claim humanity is made up of two types of listeners: the fundamental tone hearer and the overtone hearer. They go on and say that the former is prevalently hearing with the left side of his brain and usually prefers melodic music and higher instruments (piano, violin, flute), while the latter is hearing with his ride side and favours instruments with rich timbre (voice, bassoon, cello).

There is a simple test, to find out to which class you belong. A pair of sounds is played and you decide whether the frequency is increasing or decreasing.

Here is the file: audio.de - overtone.flac
There is a total of 12 pairs. A German-speaking voice introduces each iteration and every pair is repeated once. For each sequence jot down, whether you thought the frequency to be increasing or decreasing.

Afterwards compare your results with this table:
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       incr    decr
1               x
2               x
3       x        
4       x        
5       x        
6       x        
7               x
8               x
9       x        
10              x
11              x
12      x        

The more your results agree with this list, the more you are a fundamental tone hearer. If your result is the exact inverse of the above, you are a pure overtone hearer.
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tgoose
post Feb 7 2006, 23:00
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12/12. Does that come from being a bass player wink.gif? On the other hand I much prefer 'cello and bassoon to piano or violin, so I don't think it's too useful a conclusion
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- Continuum   How do you hear tones?   Jan 18 2006, 10:37
- - Continuum   While I don't agree with the alleged implicati...   Jan 18 2006, 10:40
- - hawkeye_p   Interesting. With the exception of the first pair...   Jan 18 2006, 11:02
- - milatchi   I guess I am more of a fundamental tone hearer   Jan 19 2006, 06:41
- - kjoonlee   So, if you get totally identical results then you...   Jan 19 2006, 09:02
- - hawkeye_p   Have you performed the test? At least Continuum a...   Jan 19 2006, 11:04
|- - kjoonlee   QUOTE (hawkeye_p @ Jan 19 2006, 07:04 PM)Have...   Jan 19 2006, 11:52
- - HotshotGG   QUOTE They claim humanity is made up of two types ...   Jan 19 2006, 11:27
- - bug80   Strange, all my results match exactly with the tab...   Jan 19 2006, 11:29
- - CarlosTheTackle   9/12 consistency with the table - mostly fundament...   Jan 19 2006, 13:06
|- - CosmoKramer   QUOTE (CarlosTheTackle @ Jan 19 2006, 01:06 P...   Jan 19 2006, 22:00
|- - kjoonlee   QUOTE (CarlosTheTackle @ Jan 19 2006, 09:06 P...   Jan 20 2006, 10:41
|- - QuantumKnot   QUOTE (kjoonlee @ Jan 20 2006, 07:41 PM)You k...   Jan 20 2006, 14:15
- - stephanV   I'm a complete fundamental tone hearer it seem...   Jan 19 2006, 13:20
- - Halcyon   QUOTE (Continuum @ Jan 18 2006, 11:37 AM)intr...   Jan 19 2006, 15:18
|- - mihkel   6/12...what am i   Jan 19 2006, 15:40
|- - Continuum   QUOTE (Halcyon @ Jan 19 2006, 03:18 PM)This i...   Jan 19 2006, 21:11
|- - CarlosTheTackle   QUOTE (Halcyon @ Jan 20 2006, 03:18 AM)QUOTE ...   Jan 19 2006, 22:09
|- - Segovia   QUOTE (CarlosTheTackle @ Jan 19 2006, 16...   Feb 6 2007, 08:51
- - Brad1981   I matched all 12 with the original poster's. M...   Jan 19 2006, 17:09
- - JeanLuc   QUOTE (Continuum @ Jan 18 2006, 09:37 AM)They...   Jan 19 2006, 17:44
- - marq_   I got 11/12. On foobars spectral view the band nar...   Jan 19 2006, 21:49
|- - Continuum   QUOTE (marq_ @ Jan 19 2006, 09:49 PM)I got 11...   Jan 19 2006, 23:16
- - benski   I don't feel qualified to judge my own hearing...   Jan 19 2006, 22:17
- - legg   Pure overtone hearer (2/12). I pay too much atten...   Jan 19 2006, 22:25
- - Gecko   Interesting. With headphones (tried two types) I m...   Jan 19 2006, 22:35
- - naturfreak   6/12   Jan 19 2006, 22:36
- - skelly831   12/12 match with the table, yay! I can hear fu...   Jan 19 2006, 22:48
- - Pio2001   Here is the sonogram of the sample : Every tria...   Jan 19 2006, 23:17
- - QuantumKnot   I got 100% exact answers to the table, so I guess ...   Jan 20 2006, 01:15
- - Gecko   I find it weird, that someone who thinks number 1 ...   Jan 20 2006, 01:50
|- - Continuum   QUOTE (Gecko @ Jan 20 2006, 01:50 AM)I find i...   Jan 20 2006, 08:12
- - benski   Every sequence is basically a chord in the normal ...   Jan 20 2006, 02:12
- - mdmuir   When I tried the test using my desktop speakers, I...   Jan 20 2006, 06:17
- - hawkeye_p   JeanLuc pointed out an interesting fact: I recall...   Jan 20 2006, 07:55
|- - Pio2001   QUOTE (hawkeye_p @ Jan 20 2006, 08:55 AM)Jean...   Jan 20 2006, 19:26
|- - JeanLuc   QUOTE (Pio2001 @ Jan 20 2006, 06:26 PM)QUOTE ...   Jan 20 2006, 21:03
- - hawkeye_p   Continuum, your interpretation is not completely ...   Jan 20 2006, 10:09
- - Insolent   5/12 - I guess that edges me into the overtone cat...   Jan 20 2006, 14:44
- - rutra80   I'm unable to pass this test consistently. Whe...   Jan 20 2006, 15:14
- - Continuum   QUOTE (hawkeye_p @ Jan 20 2006, 10:09 AM)your...   Jan 20 2006, 16:56
|- - Wombat   Cool thing. I am a fundamental tone hearer with a ...   Jan 20 2006, 16:59
- - vinouz   hawkeye : continuum's interpretation is correc...   Jan 20 2006, 18:37
- - marq_   If your an fundamental tone hearer and want ...   Jan 20 2006, 18:56
- - vinouz   Wombat : note that the 7th couple, on which you fa...   Jan 20 2006, 19:05
- - Gecko   Thanks everyone who helped me understand. Especial...   Jan 20 2006, 21:22
- - zombiewerewolf   Well, it seem I'm a 100% fundamental tone hear...   Jan 21 2006, 02:53
- - Wombat   Since some people hear differences with speakers o...   Jan 21 2006, 03:09
- - gameplaya15143   same as the table except for #5 (11/12) apparently...   Jan 22 2006, 04:23
- - Hollunder   looks like I'm a fundamental one too nr. 5 is...   Feb 6 2006, 14:49
|- - breez   0/12 so according to this I'm a pure overtone ...   Feb 6 2006, 15:53
- - tgoose   12/12. Does that come from being a bass player ? O...   Feb 7 2006, 23:00
- - Sordid   12/12 - damn, I'm a fundamentalist! But ...   Feb 8 2006, 00:05
- - krabapple   I got 11/12 using headphones, though for several o...   Feb 8 2006, 20:26
- - lucy   This study really interested me. I play violin and...   Feb 6 2007, 01:03
- - hellokeith   QUOTE (benski @ Jan 19 2006, 15:17) I don...   Feb 6 2007, 01:33
- - Lyx   The main flaw in the claim they make, is that they...   Feb 6 2007, 01:41
|- - Kees de Visser   QUOTE (Lyx @ Feb 6 2007, 01:41) The main ...   Feb 6 2007, 11:02
||- - Kees de Visser   QUOTE (Kees de Visser @ Feb 6 2007, 12:02...   Dec 19 2010, 10:23
|- - mugen   QUOTE (Lyx @ Feb 5 2007, 18:41) The main ...   Feb 6 2007, 13:57
|- - Lyx   QUOTE (mugen @ Feb 6 2007, 13:57) I was s...   Feb 6 2007, 14:06
- - echo   12/12, so I guess I'm 100% fundamentalist...   Feb 6 2007, 13:45
- - jmartis   maybe a stupid question, do you have to pick the p...   Feb 6 2007, 17:43
- - Hancoque   3/12 is my result.   Aug 10 2007, 07:37
|- - sheh   Same as ref table. Looks like that's what most...   Aug 10 2007, 23:20
- - r0pfer   Hi all, I joined this forum just to join into this...   Nov 22 2010, 01:59
|- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (r0pfer @ Nov 21 2010, 19:59) Here ...   Nov 22 2010, 16:12
- - Rotareneg   Not hearing the 200 Hz either. I can easily pick o...   Nov 22 2010, 17:10
- - odyssey   Very interresting. I just tried the test on my gir...   Dec 19 2010, 00:28


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