Lip reading

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Some of this is pretty convincing:


  1. Acilius said,

    December 12, 2009 @ 10:55 am

    That's the most sense that show ever made to me.

  2. fs said,

    December 12, 2009 @ 11:33 am

    Oh man, to think that Dayjob Orchestra would make it to a posting on Language Log… the apocalypse is truly nearing. :P

  3. Chris said,

    December 12, 2009 @ 12:16 pm

    Not to get all linguisticy, but this clever video basically trades on a sort of quasi-McGurk effect, right? We are using both visual and auditory cues to interpret the input and when there is a mismatch, we take a best guess at some intermediate form. Whereas in the McGurk effect we are guessing at a phoneme, here we are guessing at lip formation, no? So our perception that the audio aligns with the video "pretty convincingly" is, in effect, helped along by our brains. In any case, I feel a strong desire to go buy apple juice.

  4. Ryan Denzer-King said,

    December 12, 2009 @ 1:01 pm

    Along the same lines, playing on misheard lyrics:

  5. Lazar said,

    December 12, 2009 @ 2:23 pm

    It bugs me that Day Job Orchestra are a bunch of conspiracy theorist loons, but I have to admit that I find their Star Trek dubs disturbingly funny.

  6. Ray Girvan said,

    December 12, 2009 @ 4:26 pm

    Of course, it's even easier when you can't see the lips, as in Coming to Alderaan (Star Wars dubbed with James Earl Jones dialogue from Coming to America). Ahaa!

  7. tablogloid said,

    December 12, 2009 @ 6:15 pm

    As Jimi Hendrix was read by a lip reader, I can only say, "Excuse me, while I kiss this guy."

  8. codeman38 said,

    December 13, 2009 @ 1:36 am

    Something similar, involving an overdubbed Kiss performance– this one's pure genius, because the audio is completely synched:

    I Will Never Go To School

  9. codeman38 said,

    December 13, 2009 @ 1:45 am

    LOL. The guy who did the Kiss overdub in my previous comment also did some for The Rolling Stones and Queen which are even funnier.

    This stuff truly takes a special sort of talent.

  10. slobone said,

    December 13, 2009 @ 2:04 am

    Tuna seems to be recurring theme:

  11. codeman38 said,

    December 13, 2009 @ 2:20 am

    On a misheard lyrics note, there's this absolutely hilarious subtitling of Joe Cocker's Woodstock performance (finally back on YouTube after Warner Music made amends with them):

  12. Ray Girvan said,

    December 13, 2009 @ 12:00 pm


    In somewhat the same vein: Victor Lewis-Smith's "Kamikaze Karoake" redubs of Oasis, Chris De Burgh and Boyzone.

    And there's "Urinal Bitchie".

  13. JO said,

    December 16, 2009 @ 10:53 am

    I think it's interesting the recurring words in these. Here it's apple juice, fish and zepplin.
    I've seen other where it's more about farts. is it a case of you see what you think about? these guys are definitely stoners.

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