Was sind paranormale Tonbandstimmen?
September 23, 2012 6:09 PM Subscribe
I fell in love with Bowie's "Ashes to Ashes," so I bought a used copy of the 1992 Rykodisc release of Scary Monsters
. When the disc arrived, I sat down for an intent listening session, good headphones and everything, and immediately noticed a weird glitch at 2:23, just after the word "following" in the lyric "but the little green wheels are following me." Then things got weird.
posted by Nomyte to Media & Arts (21 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
At first I thought it was an issue with my copy of the album: I did, after all, buy it used. However, every version of the same track I've been able to find online turns out to have the same noise at the same point! More than anything, it sounds like a slip of the audiotape, if such a thing was possible. Here it is at 1:41
in the promotional video for the song. And here it is at 2:23
in the version I have. I hear the same noise in every version of this track that I've found on Grooveshark, although I won't bother linking to that.
Needless to say, I feel like I'm going crazy. This noise interferes with my ability to enjoy this song. It is painfully apparent every time I put the album on. It definitely doesn't sound like a stray note from the flanger-processed piano
that plays a recurring motif throughout the song. So what the hell is it, and why does it sound so out of place? Is it an intentional part of the track? Am I just hearing things that aren't there? If somebody could confirm that they can hear the same noise and maybe explain what produces it, it would stop detracting from my enjoyment.