Visual Perception

Arthur Lintgen's Ability To Read Vinyl Record Grooves

Just by looking at the surfaces of a vinyl record with the naked eye, Arthur Lintgen can identify the song that it plays. In 1981, Lintgen's skills were put to the test in front of a live audience by a music professor from Temple University. The professor and his graduate students presented Lingten with 20 records, and he was able to identify the music and composer on each just by examining the records' surfaces in normal lighting. His skill only works with classical music, however. Lintgen says modern music just looks "like gibberish." So far, the only explanation for Lintgen's ability is that he's a dedicated music lover. In fact, he never knew about his ability until a friend, who knew Lintgen to be a music lover, challenged him to try it. To Lintgen's surprise, he could identify the music with ease. We've collected some awesome videos on this topic. Watch them now to learn more.

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