Strange sound in U.K. explained; hum in Calgary area continues

A mystery musical noise in the U.K. may have a real rail explanation.

Strange sounds reported in early hours over Sopwell (From St Albans & Harpenden Review).

Lee Tyler was leaving his studio when he heard the sound, which he describes as similar to guitar feedback.

He said: “It was really loud.

“It sounded like really bad guitar feedback but very eery and the noise went from loud to quiet in a small matter of time making me think it was a moving sound.”

Officials investigated what could have been going on in the area at the time and attribute the sound to railway workers.

Network Rail has confirmed that staff were changing sleepers, testing the rails and regulating the ballasts, which could have been responsible for the noises.

I wouldn’t have characterized it as “bad guitar feedback” but it does sound like metal (the solid kind, not the music).

We hear MANY stories of strange sounds. Many people notice them at night when the urban activity has died down. Industrial activity accounts for many of these events. But it can be difficult to trace them especially if they are one time events such as maintenance.

In a another strange sound case, the Calgary hum has not been solved and is spreading.
Probe of unexplained humming noise widens past Calgary | Metro.

Buzz about a mystery hum that’s confounded researchers and those who hear it has extended well beyond a Calgary neighbourhood where complainants first came forward.

Victims of the so-called “Ranchlands hum” describe it as more of a vibrational feeling than a noise. It has the power to keep them up at night, ruin their mood and has even led some poor souls to question their sanity.

The hum is a “genuine phenomenon,” according to University of Calgary researcher Dr. Marcia Epstein, who’s worked in her spare time to track the elusive source for a few years.

Her theory (I would call it a hypothesis because she has no evidence for it, it appears) is that the urban environment creates such sounds and our brains pick up the electromagnetic frequencies. This is testable. Get to it. Whatever the cause, it’s a logically leap off a cliff to say it’s caused by something paranormal or by aliens or earth signals or whatever the conspiracy du jour is. If it can be measured, we can probably get to the bottom of this.

  2 comments for “Strange sound in U.K. explained; hum in Calgary area continues

  1. One Eyed Jack
    June 11, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    The UK? Guitar? Metal? Rails?


  2. Charles DuFarle
    June 12, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    I had an experience like the Calgary Hum only it was a throbbing hum at night. I attributed it to the fracking for gas in the area.

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