13 February 2008

My ears are rubbish

The things you miss when relying on your ears. A buzzard's call, a sound heard a million times an hour, a simple 'mew'. Nothing to it via the crappy human ear but, bang it through a Kay Electric Company 'Vibralyser' (or modern software equivalent) and "Bob's your mother's brother", all the complexity is laid bare. A hum-drum, slightly annoying, 'mew' from Uskmouth, becomes a many-layered squiggly masterpiece. By the way, the lowest 'layer' is the 'fundamental' above which (at exact multiples of the fundamental frequency) sit 'harmonics'; our useless auditory system hears this as a single sound, however, we do experience the harmonics as timbre, the different 'textures' or 'colours' of sound, hard to describe easy to hear (or see in a spectrogram).

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Not sure about all the pink on this site!

Darryl said...

Pink is the new blue

Ian said...

If the Beddington rumours are true Darryl, you've been 'thinking pink' for quite some time.

Darryl said...

Are you relying on Tonka as the voice of wisdom now?! Next you'll be quoting Bird Forum posts as gospel!

Darryl said...

PS. If you think the colour scheme on here is ill-advised, check out the BOU website.

Ian said...

I'm only the messenger. However, it could be suggested that your move to south wales was motivated by the fact that it is well known for its 'badger watching' haunts....

Darryl said...

I could give you 100 reasons to move to South Wales,... er,... erm,... OK, I could give you one good reason,... er,... nope, actually I can't. I know it wasn't for 'badger watching' though, otherwise I'd have moved to Hampstead Heath.