Friday, August 19, 2005

If It Quacks Like a Duck...

Tetherd Cow Ahead World Exclusive!

Well it occurred to me eventually that you don't have to take my word for the whole Echo Of a Duck Quack debate; thanks to the wonders of modern sound techniques I can actually provide for you today, possibly for the first time ever on the internet, the quack of a duck with an echo.

So at the next office cocktail party when someone corners you over the cheese dip and expounds knowledgeably that "A duck's quack has no echo, and no-one knows why!" you can tell them that The Cow says otherwise, and send 'em on down.

A duck quacking... - mp3 file.

A duck quacking with an echo... - mp3 file.

Of course, this now must generate the obvious question: "Can the echo of a duck's quack start an avalanche?"


Anonymous UniversalHead said...

I submit it to you, however, that being as you are a sound designer of some repute and reknown, with easy access to all manner of modern devices capable of applying the aforementioned echo to the sound of a duck quacking, that we may being as readers hoodwinked by such technological trickery and be enjoying not the original and pristine field recording of a 'duck quacking with an echo', but in fact the very same 'duck quacking' with an echo applied in post-production.

Your rejoinder, sir?

August 19, 2005 3:37 PM  
Blogger Lou (a.k.a. rainpuddles) said...


August 19, 2005 3:54 PM  
Anonymous Anne Arkham said...

There's no sign warning about avalanches. If there were a danger, I'd expect to see one of those falling rock type signs underneath the duck.

August 19, 2005 3:57 PM  
Blogger anaglyph said...

Well, yes, of course I have applied the echo in post-production. The claim is that "A duck's quack doesn't echo", not that "A duck, when quacking out in the fjords, doesn't echo". Mr Coleus Smoking Dude is implying, surely, that there is something peculiar about a duck's quack per se that stops it from generating an echo.

Still, if anyone has a duck they want to bring round, I am willing to take it into a church...

August 19, 2005 4:10 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

Unfortunately the Mythbusters have already proven that a Duck's quack does in fact echo. Sorry to ruin things for you.

August 22, 2005 8:53 AM  

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