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Guy Who Recorded 'Laurel or Yanny' Clip Weighs In

Actor Jay Aubrey Jones made the recording that divided listeners, and he hears 'Laurel'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 21, 2018 10:00 AM CDT
What did you hear?   (Getty/Davizro)

(Newser) – If you got a little tired of hearing the recording of "laurel vs. yanny" being played last week, just think how Jay Aubrey Jones felt. He happens to be the Broadway and TV actor who recorded the clip for Vocabulary.com back in 2007, reports NPR. And, as has been well established by now, he is, in fact, saying "laurel," though lots of people hear "yanny." So what does Jones himself hear? "Laurel," he tells NPR's LuLu Garcia-Navarro, and he adds that he initially didn't recognize his own voice when the clip started making the rounds.

"I think it has to do first of all with what has happened with people's computers or listening devices, also how people process sound, which is highly individual," he says of why people are hearing different things. (Wired has a more technical explanation involving the frequency of sounds in the recording.) Jones has been on TV's The Michael J. Fox Show and Gotham, and he has been an understudy in Cats. His acting bio on IMDb now cements his new claim to fame. "He's the 'Laurel' guy," it reads. "Or is it the 'Yanni' guy." (Read more strange stuff stories.)

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