Francisque Poulbot, 1917 

Francisque Poulbot, 1917 

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John Singer Sargent, 1919

Gassed

John Singer Sargent, 1919

In fact, repetition is so powerfully linked with musicality that its application can dramatically transform apparently non-musical materials into song. The psychologist Diana Deutsch, at the University of California, San Diego, discovered a particularly powerful example – the speech-to-song illusion. The illusion begins with an ordinary spoken utterance. Next, one part of this utterance – just a few words – is looped several times. Finally, the original recording is represented in its entirety, as a spoken utterance. When the listener reaches the phrase that was looped, it seems as if the speaker has broken into song, Disney-style.

Audio illusion. Click through for an example.

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Rhys Cooper – “Ivy” 
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Rhys Cooper – “Ivy”

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