Why California's Musical Road Sounds Terrible

  • Published on Oct 16, 2017
  • In Lancaster, California, there's a musical road. When you drive over it, it plays the William Tell Overture. Unfortunately, it's out of tune. Here's why.
    Thanks to David Simmons-Duffin, who figured this out about nine years ago: davidsd.org/2008/12/honda-needs-a-tune-up/ -- he seems to be the first to have figured out not just that it's wrong, but exactly what happened!
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  • Joel Smith
    Joel Smith Hour ago

    Each time I hear this road it reminds me of the top gear episode

  • Charlie Angkor
    Charlie Angkor 17 hours ago

    In America, you need a quantum physicist to understand that if you space grooves in violation of the specs, they will sound out of tune.

  • Amrith Nadendla
    Amrith Nadendla 17 hours ago

    I have never heard of a musical road until now

  • Green Phantom
    Green Phantom 17 hours ago

    This is what California does with your tax money 💰 you guys should really thank them, quite the investment.

  • TBoy205
    TBoy205 2 days ago


  • yaggyplantationproductions

    Tom you must love the US being able to just drive. The UK is so compact.

  • Lupix
    Lupix 3 days ago

    Hasnt it just worn away?

  • Katie Cowan
    Katie Cowan 4 days ago

    Tbh it sounded like they threw it into harmonic minor

  • *Good Vibes*
    *Good Vibes* 4 days ago


  • Alex268 sunn
    Alex268 sunn 7 days ago

    Why can you drive on the other side? I thaught that is really difficult for britans.

  • Facepalm Jesus
    Facepalm Jesus 8 days ago +1

    but can you plug speakers on these road strips?

  • UncorkingDog17
    UncorkingDog17 8 days ago

    I honestly like the idea of this

    TECH MASTER 10 days ago

    this road was featured on British top gear

  • Dennis Prm
    Dennis Prm 11 days ago

    Smart Americans!! Haha its Trumplike.

  • Reala Namea
    Reala Namea 16 days ago

    Perhaps they intended the road to have all the musical charm and accuracy of a grade school band performance (that has not had much, if any, practice). Re-market it as preparation for parenting, or perhaps use it as a test to distinguish whether or not someone is tone deaf.

  • Floppy Pancakes
    Floppy Pancakes 18 days ago

    the idea of that is still cool thouh

  • mr. poprovolski
    mr. poprovolski 21 day ago

    Are ya british mate?

  • Jens Gulin
    Jens Gulin 25 days ago

    I think it could have been done on purpose. They didn't want the road taken down from a copyright strike, did they? :)

  • Blobbox Goomba
    Blobbox Goomba 26 days ago

    It's egyptian

  • Versauce -
    Versauce - 26 days ago +1

    Oh yeah

  • SaltyGamesUTube
    SaltyGamesUTube 26 days ago

    Your going to slow for it to play right

  • Olivia Olivia
    Olivia Olivia 26 days ago

    why am i watching this

  • Gummay YT
    Gummay YT 29 days ago

    We just talked about this in science

  • Huang Xin Yue
    Huang Xin Yue Month ago

    The piano tuner has a new job

  • clamp motosua
    clamp motosua Month ago

    We have one near our city. Me and many others avoid it even though it sounds alright. I just find it annoying and not needed. Some gimmicks don't last.

  • 2toes2good 2
    2toes2good 2 Month ago

    Or maybe it’s just worn down

  • kyle hobson
    kyle hobson Month ago

    This is why Cali sucks

  • Artur de Sousa Rocha

    That's what you get for using ambiguous (at best) wording. "Every x inches" probably would not cause this confusion. The second attempt is a different story...

  • logan nigh
    logan nigh Month ago

    Leave it to california to have a road that's been built out of tune 3 times

  • TaxEvasion
    TaxEvasion Month ago

    Simple communication and specification would have solved this.

  • colter robinson
    colter robinson Month ago

    That needs to be made into some dubstep

  • Ralph Macchiato
    Ralph Macchiato Month ago

    Most roads in California play Darude: Sandstorm during droughts

  • Melted Wogs
    Melted Wogs Month ago

    Just need some dubstep

  • signbear999
    signbear999 Month ago

    how is there no one on that road

  • David Jackson
    David Jackson Month ago

    I remembered these ads - It showed people listening and celebrating that it “worked” but I was just sooo pissed off because they’d obviously botched it!

  • LilFarmer123
    LilFarmer123 Month ago

    someone needs to hit this road at160 mph

  • Bobbie Land
    Bobbie Land Month ago

    Thats actually really cool

  • Alex A.
    Alex A. Month ago +1

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  • Andrew A
    Andrew A Month ago

    That's Murcia for u

  • Chicken
    Chicken Month ago

    It sounds like a cattle grid

  • Jonas Katona
    Jonas Katona Month ago

    Considering that this road was built in Lancaster, California, why am I NOT surprised?

  • Goblin Okaga
    Goblin Okaga Month ago

    Sound like a mumble rap beat

  • eden camacho
    eden camacho Month ago

    Where's the road that plays the game of thrones theme

  • duck 1234
    duck 1234 Month ago

    sounds better than hitting a pot hole

  • Lukas Kucera
    Lukas Kucera Month ago

    0:15 no way, California has a black metal road

  • foxy126 PL
    foxy126 PL Month ago +1

    You are clever...

    Buy a car with manual transmission

  • larks tongues in aspic

    My favorite drone album

  • Gary Gelini
    Gary Gelini Month ago

    Too many maths and proper English. It's like watching history channel before Vikings and pawn stars, makes me sleepy.

  • what does it mean
    what does it mean Month ago +1

    Nightmare fuel

  • James Isaac
    James Isaac Month ago

    Why couldn't they build a road which sang Justin Bieber songs. The toll booth earnings may cross billions.

  • FBI Undercover Loli

    Sounds like a dying person playing a trombone

  • Feeber Izer
    Feeber Izer Month ago

    No wonder it doesn't sound right.... your tires are spinning backwards....

  • kendal
    kendal Month ago

    In a way it sounds somewhat similar to gta iv theme song

  • Luke Skywalker
    Luke Skywalker Month ago +1

    What are you talking about? It sounds way better than the original..

  • Jason Carson
    Jason Carson Month ago

    This guy is waaaay too smart

  • Bruh Itz Purple
    Bruh Itz Purple Month ago

    aLeXa wHaT dAy Is It
    :aLeXa: iT iS wEnSdAy My DuDeS

  • motrhead 69
    motrhead 69 Month ago


  • Noob Doesnt Trolls
    Noob Doesnt Trolls Month ago

    If I designed these types of roads I would have made Sicko Mo Bamba

  • 唐懿揚Justin Tong

    Sounds Creepy

  • Amine
    Amine Month ago +1

    Never seen an empty road like that.

  • Kevin Paul Barnaiha

    God I hate math

  • Shanon Francis
    Shanon Francis Month ago

    Imagine playing darude sandstorm in it

  • SicSemperEvelloMortemTyrannis TyrannyEnder

    If I had money, I'd make a road that played Megadeth- Peace sell, Trust, or The System Has Failed.

  • SicSemperEvelloMortemTyrannis TyrannyEnder

    California can't do anything right.

  • James
    James Month ago

    I would of crashed by the time I tried explaining math

  • Jade Lilly
    Jade Lilly Month ago

    My sister in law took me on that road, while off, it's still cool

  • The Royal Gamer
    The Royal Gamer Month ago

    Sounds like war music

  • Brian
    Brian Month ago

    Drive through Michigan and see how musical their roads are

  • skull lluks
    skull lluks Month ago

    Drive your car at the speed of 100mph

  • Chickennugs Oil
    Chickennugs Oil Month ago +1

    Bro I rember me being 7 and coming back home from la and I hear this but it was a siren thought my ass was getting bomed

  • Lil Ambo Rose
    Lil Ambo Rose Month ago

    I would be scared asf

  • Ethan Carr
    Ethan Carr Month ago

    California can’t get anything right

  • zachary floyd
    zachary floyd Month ago

    Please inform me how you could do any better

  • mark gokun
    mark gokun Month ago

    Sounds cool

  • Temporary Name
    Temporary Name Month ago

    I've done surveying in construction and I just want to say this sort of mixup happens all the time whether it's private companies hiring private construction or gov hiring private companies to do construction through a bidding process.

  • 47
    47 Month ago +2

    It sounds fine to me but I'm deaf

  • Gordon Ramsay
    Gordon Ramsay Month ago

    at 2 times peed it sounds more like it

  • Damien S.
    Damien S. Month ago

    what if it is right but they put it backwards💀 someone needs to go there at 4am and test this

  • Vince Dreemurr
    Vince Dreemurr Month ago

    That road sounded better to be honest

  • ODB Brute
    ODB Brute Month ago

    You guys want to change it to Mo bamba or sicko mode

  • ODB Brute
    ODB Brute Month ago

    Good to know, you learn something new every day

  • IhasAbucket
    IhasAbucket Month ago

    Should’ve played b*tch lasagne

  • RafukaMillan
    RafukaMillan Month ago

    Cool video. Don't know why I watched it, but yeah, cool video.

  • Kalvin Joseph Tejano

    Its depends on the wheels maybe

  • Aaron Brown
    Aaron Brown Month ago

    Except for the original road that i believe it was Honda made sounded amazingly better... While i don't doubt it may have been the same blueprint it seems that Lancaster may have made a mistake or lost something in the translation. I've lived here a long time and I'm never shocked by the slapdash, hurried, and just downright a bad job this city continues to deliver.

  • Christopher Hoff
    Christopher Hoff Month ago

    You know people could get a better understanding of what your trying to explain if you didn’t talk while your driving the road. You defeated the whole purpose of even making this video

  • zimman56
    zimman56 Month ago

    Well kinda hard to fault em, they ARE Californians after all. Fuckers can't even do their normal roads correctly...

  • Mad Salad
    Mad Salad Month ago

    That low key goes hard

  • Jacob Schmizz
    Jacob Schmizz Month ago

    U went wrong

  • 2PhoneSensei
    2PhoneSensei Month ago

    Sounds like a Edm intro

  • Ecktor
    Ecktor Month ago

    Ha. How ridiculously moronic.

  • That F30
    That F30 Month ago

    Go double the speed

  • The GOAT
    The GOAT Month ago

    It's because you're meant to go a bit faster

  • J. R
    J. R Month ago

    Was hoping to hear it the second time around but the guy couldnt stop blabbing... sheesh I tell ya

  • Buttered Tophats
    Buttered Tophats Month ago

    Be proud of that take dude. Nailed it. Absolute mad lad

  • Nestor Eduardo
    Nestor Eduardo Month ago

    In mexico sounds like mariachi music 😆

  • emptyspotlight
    emptyspotlight Month ago

    Reminds me of Mario kart

  • Codey Pendent
    Codey Pendent Month ago

    Couldn't you just drive faster to make up for the distance?

  • WeEeDeE
    WeEeDeE Month ago

    I actualy love it

  • Eeyor.
    Eeyor. Month ago

    If you play this in double speed it actually sounds a bit closer of what it should sound like