Do you hear what I hear?

Auditory Illusions is when you hear the lyrics where there are none because there is only piano. Create your own auditory illusion by downloading a song with heavy vocals and convert it to a MIDI file. Then put the MIDI file into MIDI Trails  and adjust some of the settings. Use a screencasting software to record your video and audio. Upload your final product to YouTube. Here is an example.  

(Audio Assignment Auditory Illusion)

Throughout my life I have always enjoyed illusions from magic, to optical, to even auditory illusions. Since I have always loved it so much, having a chance to make one myself seemed like a no brainer. I chose Lay All Your Love on Me from Mamma Mia because I listened to the soundtrack for a week straight over Christmas while working overnights. While that may have been a questionable choice, I knew it would be a cool song to use because of how much overlap the voices have with the chorus.

In the end I could make out quite a few of the lyrics, but sometimes I had to decide if I really could hear the illusion or if I just knew the song too well.


To do this assignment I took my MP3 file of the song and found an online mp3 to MIDI converter. I uploaded the file, then pressed start conversion. I had to wait a few minutes, but then I was able to download it.

After that I was able to open the file in MIDITrail and click play under the playback tab.

Once I knew it worked I screen recorded the video using the xbox game bar screen capture built into my computer. Then I uploaded it to youtube!

One thought on “Do you hear what I hear?

  1. Whoa I think the idea of audio illusions is really cool and I’ve never really considered them before so thank you for exemplifying one so well. I wonder how audio illusions could be used productively in audio storytelling? The program you showed us is really cool as well and you’ve provided a fantastic tutorial. Thank you for the illusions!

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