UCL News podcast: How we mishear lyrics

1 March 2013

podcast

The UCL News podcast gives you the opportunity to listen to the latest news and research from around UCL every fortnight. Split up into three parts, you can either listen to the podcast all in one go, or save features for later listening.

In the news section this week we are joined by Farlan Veraitch a senior lecturer in Biochemical Engineering who has helped launch a new competition called Sounds of UCL. The competition is about recording ambient soundtracks in different UCL locations. Farlan chats about his personal interest in audio mixing and editing soundscapes into music.

Also in the news section we highlight some recent high profile UCL research. This week new research by Sadie Boniface and Nicola Shelton in UCL Epidemiology and Public Health suggests that three quarters of people in England drink in excess of the recommended daily alcohol limit.

UCL History also hit the headlines this week as they launched the first freely accessible database of Britons involved in slave-ownership. The Legacies of British Slave-ownership project has documented around 46,000 individual claims and awards made to those who either owned slaves or benefited indirectly from ownership. 

How we mishear lyrics

This week we’ve decided to focus on a single, slightly longer, audio feature. Professor Andrew Nevins from UCL Psychology and Language Sciences has collected over 400 naturally examples of so-called “slips of the ear” and has come up with some key reasons why we often mishear song lyrics. He explains using entertaining examples from famous pop songs including Abba’s Super Trooper and Jimi Hendrix’s Purple Haze.

Links:

Sounds of UCL competition
UCL Epidemiology & Public Health
Legacies of British Slave ownership database
UCLTV – How we mishear lyrics