Close to the ideal – Binaural

On December 17, I had the kind permission of Catherine Jousselin and Maurice Moncozet to record their concert with a binaural microphone. They perform songs by Hildegarde von Bingen (1098-1179) and Aliénor d’Aquitaine (1124-1204) in a perfect setting at Château de Biron. The place was an old castle kitchen, very long and vaulted. Here, I should use my newly acquired binaural microphone for the first time. I didn’t know what to expect.

Binaurale Tonaufnahme in der Schlossküche von Schloss Biron
Binaural recording in the kitchen of Château de Biron

Head-shape sound recordings are very close to the human auditory perception. Noise and music entering the ears are recorded by specially calibrated microphones. They are integrated in rubber ears and mounted on a manikin head. Even a torso of different precision or the head of the sound engineer can be used. The listener uses a standard headset. Nevertheless, the better the headphone, the better the musical pleasure.
In this way, an extraordinary realism can be achieved.

Das binaurale Mikrofon ist ca. 2m vor den Musikern platziert.
The binaural microphone is placed about 2 m in front of the musicians.

The microphone was very discreet, which I liked and pleased all the participants. As you can see on the picture, I placed it about 2 meters in front of the musicians. Unfortunately, no repetition was possible, so I placed the microphone in a place where I hoped to achieve a good balance between direct and reflected sound. After all, I wanted to capture a realistic representation of this atmosphere.

And we did it! A very beautiful binaural scenery where you feel as if you are in the right place, in the front row in front of the show. The so-called disturbing noises, like doors or coughing, are so real that I turn around every time I hear them.

Fantastic. The first assignment was a huge success.

Sound Samples

Five wonderful songs from my binaural recording of the "Troubadours and Minstrels" concert of December 17, 2017 at the Château de Biron.
Unfortunately, I can only make you listen to the mp3 format. Nevertheless, three-dimensionality and precision are well reproduced.
A pleasure to listen to.

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