By Rob Daven
Today, the major media outlets are reporting the Seattle noise is nothing to worry about, just an overtly loud fish wanting to get laid.
No seriously, this isn’t a joke… they really say its a fish…
The Seattle Hum
Residents in western Seattle keep reporting a strange noise. The ungodly noise sounds very reminiscent of those sounds that where taped over the last few years.
Today scientists reported that the strange noise is that of the Midshipman Fish, which is a bred that emits a loud “humm” like noise during its mating ritual.
Thinking this was a strange, I grabbed the audio files and enhanced them to make the noises stand out. I then analysed them in my audio editing software.
While doing a proper voice-print is beyond my capabilities, I have done my best to enhance and recreate the sounds. Below are the original sounds (*All Sound Files in 192kbps MP3 Format*)
And finally, I give you a looped version where I play both sounds on seperate channels at the same time. Listen with headphones for best experience.
So what is going on in Seattle?
As I said previously, I don’t have the proper equipment to do spectrum sound analysis or the knowledge.
I have listened to both audio clips over and over, and the question I have is if it was this fish, how come it woke people out of bed? To me, the sounds are similar UNTIL the last portion of the Seattle noise. The pitch and harmony go way above the midshipman fish’s range.
I’m very interested in what you think is going on here, so please feel free to comment below.