Binaural ListeningRainmaking on Mars
Through this unit, I’ve been researching more into sound and music making. I found Suzanne Ciani’s work on spacial sounds and 3d listening which led me to learning about and hearing binaural recordings. The most famous example of this is the virtual haircut.
Binaural recording is a method of recording sound that uses two microphones, arranged with the intent to create a 3-D stereo sound sensation for the listener of actually being in the room with the performers or instruments.
Although I do not have the budget to buy a binaural microphone, I am trying to simulate this in my exhibition of Rainmaking in Mars. What if I put the speakers in the corners of the room and then link the sounds on my MAX/MSP to only a left/right inlet allowing certain sounds to only come out from one of the speakers. It could create a simulated spacial rain environment.
From testing with the sounds and the final prototype, I also found that I need to change some of the sounds being used to make the outcome more effective. For this, I’m taking the inspiration from binaural rain sounds and seeing what other types of sounds I could use, ex. thunder, river etc.
On another note, I’ve also been listening to Brian Eno’s ambient music as inspiration.