Ghostly Sounds

Ever wonder what the difference between an MP3 and a WAV is and why people make such a fuss over higher quality files? Ryan Maguire, a Ph.D student in Composition and Computer Technologies at the University of Virginia, turned wonder into action when he started a project called "The Ghost in the MP3,” a song project that only allows us to hear the sounds that are lost when files are compressed from higher quality-- like WAV to MP3.


Ryan worked in collaboration with video artist Takahiro Suzuki on “moDernisT”. The audio is a collection of lost mp3 compression material from “Tom’s Diner” a song known for it’s integral use in listening tests while developing the MP3 encoding algorithm. The corresponding video is comprised of the ghostly images left behind during MP4 compression.