If a tree falls in the forest and no one there to hear it, does it make a sound?

The question of whether a tree falling in the forest makes a sound if no one is there to hear it is a classic philosophical conundrum. It raises the question of whether sound exists independently of our perception of it.

One view is that sound is a physical phenomenon that requires the vibration of particles in a medium (such as air or water) to transmit sound waves. According to this view, if a tree falls in the forest and there is no one or nothing there to detect the sound waves, the tree would indeed make a sound, but there would be no one or nothing there to hear it.

On the other hand, some philosophers argue that sound is a purely subjective experience that requires the presence of a conscious observer. According to this view, if there is no one or thing present to perceive the sound waves, then there can be no sound.

Ultimately, of course, the answer to this question depends on how you define ‘sound’ and whether you see it as a purely subjective or objective phenomenon, but as music makers we are well advised to understand ‘sound’ on all levels and in all its facets.


  1. Joseph O'Beirne says:

    No sound, no life!

  2. I say it doesn’t “make” a sound. The situation makes it possible for someone (or any being capable of hearing sound) to hear it fall. Otherwise it’s just physics, man.

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  4. Tor Krøvel-Velle says:

    If there is noone there to hear it, then there is noone there to see it either (except if the person is deaf…). So did the tree actually fall at all? Or did it even ever exist?
    Think about bass content below 20 Hz. Even if you don’t hear it, it’s still there. It exists! And it makes problems for your mix 😉

  5. LysheMusic says:

    If there’s a oversampling in the plugin and you don’t know it, does this plugin oversamples your audio? The same here, I think 🙂

    Hi! I have a question. I asked earlier, sorry for repeat if you already read that. But it’s important for me.

    Does it possible that VoS plugins in future updates will give us an option to turn oversampling off?

    I need it so much. I just don’t like what OS do to the sound. I’ll beter work in higher sample rates and freeze my tracks every 15 minutes, but not to apply oversampling. Realy, it just do what I don’t want it to do. So I can’t use this truly unique compressors and saturators, even while I like it character so much.

    Thank you for your amazing work!

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