Man who recorded sleeptalking for a year swears it’s no hoax

Man who recorded sleeptalking for a year swears it’s no hoax

In a year of talking in his sleep, filmmaker Adam Rosenberg rambles, babbles and possibly speaks Russian. Some YouTube viewers don’t believe he’s for real.
Image: Adam Rosenberg

Filmmaker Adam Rosenberg lives and sleeps in Boulder, Colorado. And when he sleeps, he talks. Rambles, really.

He might say, “Just add look dust! Da looky as cause, cause you act like a booger!” Or, “No, you should put the drumsticks in your mouth.”

Sometimes what he says might make sense, if there were some kind of context. (“That means, ‘yeah, baby!'”)

Sometimes it’s complete gibberish. (“Right on the, right on the sub line. Right on the love line.”) Sometimes he seems to speak with a Russian accent. Or Swedish. Or some kind of accent, anyway. (“Eeee Gustav Gustav Excuse Deasdavitch.”)

Some of what he says is R-rated, or might be, if it were a little more intelligible.

Rosenberg knows this because after being repeatedly told he talked in his sleep, he wanted to hear what he said. So after fooling around with a phone app that tracked his sleep and recorded audio, he set up a high-quality recording setup. After a year of recording his sleeptalking, he edited it together into a video he dubbed “The Somniloquist,” a Latin word for “sleeptalker.”

If you read the YouTube comments (never a good idea), you’ll see that many people are flat-out calling the video a fake and Rosenberg a hoaxer. He swears the audio is real footage of his sleeptalking, with two intentional exceptions.

“I understand how people might think the video is fake, simply because if that were my intention, it would be easy to do,” Rosenberg told CNET. “The intro and outro video are staged recreations, and I think that leads people to believe that the rest of the video is staged as well.”

The quality is what you’d expect from a guy who makes films for a living. “I used a Zoom H4n recorder mounted 1.5 feet (0.45 meters) above my head to record the audio, and the sound was mixed to enhance the quality as you would with any video,” he said.