Monthly Archives: August 2014

The Voice

Why does your voice sound like your voice?  Per Mike, there are myriad reasons.  Myriad!  Things like your larynx, the size of your noggin, and … dispersive mediums?  Before you go running to Wikipedia, just know that sucking on a helium balloon or talking underwater are examples of the dispersive medium through which your voice is heard.  This also leads to the first Reasonably Sound special guest, as musician Jason Oberholtzer is Mike’s willing pawn in an experiment to make Jason’s actual voice sound like what it sounds like in Jason’s head.  This, in turn, leads to the first Reasonably Sound Contest, which you can read about at Reasonably Sound’s Instagram.

ALSO MENTIONED: I never knew about sulfur hexafluoride until I listened to this, and now I desperately want to buy a tank to carry around with me.  Does it come in tanks?  I guess what I’m asking is will anyone who is reading this give me some sulfur hexafluoride so I can sound like Prince at the beginning of the album version of “1999” that I can’t link to because Prince hates YouTube?  Thank you.



PD Episode Image: “Image from page 58 of “A manual of diseases of the nose and throat” (1908)” –

The Ear

Mike Rugnetta opens the inaugural Reasonably Sound podcast with an appreciation of the pinna, which, as you know if you’re an otolaryngologist, is the visible part of the ear.  You know, the floppy, weird-looking thing on the side of your head.  Turns out it has a purpose besides stabbing holes in it or providing a gross, epochal scene in Reservoir Dogs.  Mike details that purpose, and journeys past the middle ear to the crazy-ass labyrinths that make up your inner ear, ending up at the unfairness of the “If a tree falls in a forest” question.




PD Episode Image: “Image from page 248 of “Diseases of the ear : a text-book for practitioners and students of medicine” (1900)” –