I have a sort of unusual question for you all.
There is a song that I wanted to remake/cover, an old and very well known melody that pretty much all of us know - the song’s lyrics has been translated into many of the world’s languages.
So I wanted to make my version with new lyrics. But when new arrangement was ready, I showed it to 3 persons to ask what they think, but none of them recognised the melody! Very weird because the original melody is still present and I can hear it very clearly, but they somehow cannot. And they all knew the original song.
All I’ve done was to add many additional notes (arpeggios and octaves) and slightly lowered the tempo, other than that the original melody was untouched.
It striked me that none of those persons recognised it. I want to find out the reason for that. It must be based on some psychological laws, or thought process, or sounds recognition, or who knows what else.
That’s why I’d like to ask you to have a go, listen to the short song and guess what’s the melody. I set up this poll to see how many of you did and how many didn’t recognise it.
If you didn’t recognise it, please reply and describe what did you hear, any adjective or any thought will be very helpful. Was it a happy song or sad, fast or slow, calm or angry, dreamy or aggressive, messy or tidy.
Please use headphones or different speakers if possible.
To not spoil the fun for others, please do not reply with the song’s title. Thank you.
What’s the melody? (on Soundcloud)
- Yes! I recognised it instantly.
- Yes, but it took me a while to hear it.
Ultimately I’d like to find the answer to why some people cannot hear the melody that I can clearly hear. Is it fault of a messy cover song or rather the case of people hearing different things.