Why California's Musical Road Sounds Terrible

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  • 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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Comments • 6 374

  • Savage and depressed Spongebob

    Meanwhile here in the Philippines, we have bass boosted roads

  • IluvRR3 IluvGA
    IluvRR3 IluvGA 7 hours ago

    1:05 **Mind Blown**

  • Race Maine
    Race Maine 10 hours ago

    Idiot its cause the road is warn down

  • MyNamesVince
    MyNamesVince 13 hours ago

    Hey 2x playback speed almost sounds normal

  • Jw 1357
    Jw 1357 14 hours ago

    Quality vid

  • Carter Guard
    Carter Guard 15 hours ago

    440 Hz, more like 440 Hz your ears

  • oNe匚卄丹れムモ
    oNe匚卄丹れムモ 16 hours ago

    It still sounds good tbh

  • just another musician
    just another musician 16 hours ago

    I finna Rick Roll the whole state of Cali watch

  • Spencer Evans
    Spencer Evans 17 hours ago +1

    It was still kinda cool though

  • Jorge  Yanez
    Jorge Yanez 18 hours ago

    I didn’t even know California had musical roads!

  • heaven roots
    heaven roots 22 hours ago

    Lan caster

  • Glacie
    Glacie Day ago

    Ukulele tuner doesn’t fit on the road, I’d fix the tuning but I can’t

  • Deleted Channel
    Deleted Channel Day ago

    i live there 🤠

  • Amy Suzuka
    Amy Suzuka 2 days ago

    It's the highway to hell.

  • Nico Arsenio
    Nico Arsenio 2 days ago

    I swear people these day are stupid, why tf are they spending time and a lot of momey making a musical road which will eventually erode rather than focusing on global problems

  • Samsung/Android Is the best/Fortnite sucks

    Doesn't sound bad

  • Nelly Bandz
    Nelly Bandz 2 days ago

    Non-American criticizing an American thing

  • Sebastian Zwarich
    Sebastian Zwarich 2 days ago

    I think that actually sounds cooler than the original

  • Owen Dababneh
    Owen Dababneh 2 days ago

    I watched this vid about 20 times

  • Fleecast
    Fleecast 3 days ago

    You need more speed

  • Lovaporei !
    Lovaporei ! 3 days ago

    Accidentaly clicked the vid.
    No regrets

  • RHoskins515
    RHoskins515 3 days ago

    I live like right down the street from here

  • Ryan Mochrie
    Ryan Mochrie 3 days ago

    Would love to see the bosses face the fist time they drove over it

  • Sean Seiler
    Sean Seiler 3 days ago

    sounds fine . cool idea i’d love to drive over that . thanks for talking over it while u drive over it lmao this video was a joke google tells you everything this guy does in like 60 seconds so u don’t have to waste the time trying to listen to him explain it and complain about it like honestly are you a teenager? just sat there bitching about everything.. an how it was wrong but i’m sure if they gave you the job you’d get it done right , right?

  • Chris Spangler
    Chris Spangler 4 days ago

    THATS ME TOWN

  • Finn MACBOOK
    Finn MACBOOK 4 days ago

    drive fast

  • mclaner memes
    mclaner memes 5 days ago

    Why its creepy

  • Ethan Zabala
    Ethan Zabala 5 days ago

    In Soviet Russia, cars and roads play you

  • Eric Schuetz
    Eric Schuetz 5 days ago

    Cuz it’s in California

  • Abdel Sayed
    Abdel Sayed 5 days ago +2

    they should play sicko mode next time

  • ąղժɾҽա ҍɾąժӀҽվ

    If it's not difficult to make.. how come UK doesnt have it? go back to your county

  • khaled madani
    khaled madani 6 days ago

    0:45 is satisfaying

  • TinkerTailorTankerSpy A

    Realised this when Top Gear drove there 😃

  • cleveland jr.
    cleveland jr. 7 days ago

    that would be better if its despacito.

  • SoodleHoog
    SoodleHoog 8 days ago

    There’s a better musical road in New Mexico

  • Headstone
    Headstone 9 days ago

    *BECAUSE IT WAS MADE BY MEXICANS.*

  • FatBrownBuffalo
    FatBrownBuffalo 10 days ago

    Built in California. Of course they screwed it up.

  • Ryan Swanson
    Ryan Swanson 10 days ago

    I nearly died laughing at the end! How do you make this mistake twice!!! 😂 🤣😂 🤣

  • Josh Hill
    Josh Hill 11 days ago +1

    Its funny how you said your SUV sounds better

  • J.TV
    J.TV 11 days ago

    Sounds like dying souls!!😂😂😂😂

  • J3667xd
    J3667xd 12 days ago

    sounds like arabian music

  • Tastytaost01
    Tastytaost01 12 days ago

    You know you have to go 30-40 mph 🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️

  • Wing N.
    Wing N. 12 days ago

    To celebrate, I'm going to put my foot down.
    ....
    This is an SUV, it doesn't do that.
    Lmao

  • Spurkey
    Spurkey 13 days ago

    Oof

  • Annika Gugler
    Annika Gugler 14 days ago

    I live very close to this musical road haha

  • Manjot Brar
    Manjot Brar 14 days ago

    Turn playback speed to 2X and listen to the road

  • Goober 27
    Goober 27 14 days ago

    “cHuNe”

  • OTGY_Spectre
    OTGY_Spectre 15 days ago

    I kinda sounds like the “howard the alien” song

  • Steve Higgins
    Steve Higgins 17 days ago

    It sounds bad because it was made by mexicans

  • KewlKidd
    KewlKidd 18 days ago

    The cherry on top was the sound of that blinker, EVEN WHEN THERE WAS NO ONE ELSE COMING/GOING...!!! Suv or no.. You put that foot down sir. You. Are. Permitted. 👏🏾👏🏾

  • Grant Colman
    Grant Colman 18 days ago

    Imagine what it would sound like in traffic...

  • Sunset & Logic
    Sunset & Logic 18 days ago

    That was depressing

  • Mr. MineGrack
    Mr. MineGrack 18 days ago

    like, wenn ihr auch dachtet, es sei ein deutsches Video, weil der Titel übersetzt wurde

  • Emily Nguyen
    Emily Nguyen 20 days ago

    I hear laurel anyone else?

  • Im Thrillz
    Im Thrillz 20 days ago

    Hey atleast theyre trying

  • Alex A.
    Alex A. 21 day ago

    Oh please people never are happy with what they have

  • DanielB
    DanielB 21 day ago

    I was born there :)

  • isaak ring
    isaak ring 22 days ago

    But it sounded great

  • World of Currency
    World of Currency 22 days ago

    Sounds middle eastern

  • naomi angelia sea
    naomi angelia sea 22 days ago

    *the road is me when i try to play this song*

  • SKY KAT
    SKY KAT 23 days ago

    Isn’t this a Mario kart track

  • SKY KAT
    SKY KAT 23 days ago

    Here in the US. we spend money on our ducking musical roads instead of things that matter

  • SKY KAT
    SKY KAT 23 days ago

    I think it sounds kinda good

  • LAVIN20
    LAVIN20 23 days ago

    The mess that is california

  • BLACKM4
    BLACKM4 24 days ago

    so much gas wasted

  • Sofea Richie
    Sofea Richie 24 days ago

    *_THIS IS AMERICA_*

  • Isaac Camara
    Isaac Camara 24 days ago +1

    It sounds like a comethazine instrumental

  • Khayer
    Khayer 24 days ago

    2x speed and sounds fine

  • Jer Ber
    Jer Ber 25 days ago

    Still is neat tho

  • Curse nxte
    Curse nxte 25 days ago +1

    Iv been there before

  • iFruitified
    iFruitified 25 days ago

    Do u think about this everytime you ride across that road?

  • Random Communist Guy
    Random Communist Guy 26 days ago

    Put the song of storms

  • asdf072xxp
    asdf072xxp 27 days ago

    They didn't get it wrong. They just liked minor keys.

  • Silent Recon
    Silent Recon 27 days ago

    Sound like my all region notes

  • Eddie Racolo
    Eddie Racolo 27 days ago

    I still think it sounds good ...

  • Jimmy Santos
    Jimmy Santos 27 days ago

    If you speed the video to play speed “2X” it will sound better wayyy better, i’m also assuming to correct the problem you’d have to drive faster probably 110mph

  • Jadden
    Jadden 28 days ago +1

    Sounds like the gods are calling me with the trumpets

    • ParkNPlay
      ParkNPlay 27 days ago

      It kinda sounds like soogun

  • Jack Obrein
    Jack Obrein 28 days ago

    Government at its finest!!

  • BYTTV
    BYTTV 28 days ago

    Sounds like a soviet propaganda anthem

  • Roѕѕlynх •
    Roѕѕlynх • 28 days ago

    Rip musical road
    Died of wildfires
    ???-2018

  • Ethan Huxtable
    Ethan Huxtable 28 days ago

    Another reason why I stopped going to California.

  • Riana _
    Riana _ 28 days ago

    What's the difference between 1812 and William Tell, anyhow ?!

  • shadow-Leena
    shadow-Leena 28 days ago

    Sounds like a nazi rally

  • Bosheng Cao
    Bosheng Cao 29 days ago

    Hahaha brilliant

  • Forrest Patterson
    Forrest Patterson 29 days ago

    Congrats again California

  • NieMonD
    NieMonD 29 days ago

    Why don't they just redo it correctly?
    It can't be that hard

  • Andy 123
    Andy 123 Month ago +1

    Howard the alien

  • Ashbridge Industries

    Once again, leave it to Japan to do a much better job...

  • Dylan Watersnake
    Dylan Watersnake Month ago +1

    That's still ridiculously cool!!!

  • Angel Chavez
    Angel Chavez Month ago

    You have to go fast ....

  • Neptune Fish
    Neptune Fish Month ago

    It sounds more like the american revolution if we talk avout the music and ur voice

  • Ateeb Tahir
    Ateeb Tahir Month ago +2

    Its not actually that much bad

  • Klutch
    Klutch Month ago

    1:33 isn't illegal to stay on middle lane without overtaking ? American are so bad drivers

  • For Aiur
    For Aiur Month ago +1

    when Mestizos reappropriate your culture.

  • Yuvi OM
    Yuvi OM Month ago

    *Dont let this distract you that Mr. Krabs sold Spongebob’s soul for 56 cents.*

  • TheHylianJuggalo
    TheHylianJuggalo Month ago

    Bigger question is why didn't they just put the music over the commercial since that's public domain?

  • 2G_Mystic
    2G_Mystic Month ago

    Is it just me or the road sounds like a rap beat

  • 04dram04
    04dram04 Month ago

    Ive never heard of a more epic fail

  • Prawnflip
    Prawnflip Month ago

    There is a working one in japan

  • fallacy
    fallacy Month ago

    They have these musical roads in Japan a lot (except they do work). Check it out :)