Holophonic journeys

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I've just discovered something amazing: holophonic sound. An incredible sound of realism, which will transport you to a beach or under a storm...

Togian Islands

It's listening to the headphones, it's the perfect auditory illusion. But a demonstration is better than a long geek speech ... Follow the steps below instead.

1. Connect a headset to your computer and place the headphones on your little ears.
2. Click on one of the readers below.
3. Close your eyes and let the sound transport you.

The sea:
[audio: https: //petitesbullesdailleurs.fr/petitesbullesdailleurs/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/lamer.mp3 | titles = The sea | artists = The sound of waves in holophonic sound ...]

The storm:
[audio: https: //petitesbullesdailleurs.fr/petitesbullesdailleurs/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/thunder.mp3 | titles = The storm | artists = The rain and the thunder in its holophonic sound ...]

Female voice:
[audio: https: //petitesbullesdailleurs.fr/petitesbullesdailleurs/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/womansvoice.mp3 | titles = Female voice | artists = Yes, she speaks to you by ear ...]

Virtual hairdresser:
[audio: https: //petitesbullesdailleurs.fr/petitesbullesdailleurs/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/virtualhaircut.mp3 | titles = Virtual Hairdresser | artists = A haircut as if you were there with an explanation of the holophonie (in English)

I borrow these audio extracts and explanations on the holophonic sound to this post dating from 2008, published on DéblogToi → Holophonic sound. You will find many more sounds to listen to by clicking on this link.

Manikin for holophonic sound recording. (Source: DeblogToi.com)
Manikin for holophonic sound recording. (Source: DeblogToi.com)

Holophony is a recording and sound reproduction technique that mimics the way our human ears and brain work. Two microphones are placed on each side of a head-manikin, stack at the level of the ears.

This way they record the sound in relief, as we naturally do with both ears. The distance between the ears and the speed of sound propagation create a tiny gap: interpreted by our brain, this is what allows us to distinguish whether a sound is coming from the right or the left, whether it is coming closer or further away...

The holophony recreates this shift, our brain does the rest and we really feel like we are at the heart of the stage listening to the sounds thus recorded.

Listen again to the little pedagogical sketch of the virtual hairdresser. It's really the most striking!

Personally, I love being surrounded by the sound of the waves, as if I were on a rock facing the ocean, while I'm sitting on my couch. If it's not an invitation to travel, that ...


PS. A big thank you to Yves Harmide, who made me discover this link.

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  1. And about subaquatic music, see also the singular journeys of the composer Michel Redolfi:
    However totally unspeakable, because it is first of all an experience to live that to feel his whole body transformed into ... ear, in a water at 35 ° C diffusing these sounds really unheard of.

  2. Very nice blog. I am not a connoisseur of diving (although I live 10km from the Channel) but the photos are sublime.
    Thank you for quoting the source, everyone does not do it.

    Good continuation !

  3. @PascalK: Thank you for this link on the underwater music of Michel Redolfi !!! I would like to live the experience ... I'm going to listen to this online. But it must be something else in the water!

    @Lavren: Welcome to Little Bubbles Elsewhere and thanks for the compliments! I come for myself to discover DéblogToi, that I will come back to browse ... A wealth of info "geek" !!! My principle is to always quote my sources when I find an info or a link that I found interesting on the web and that I take again on my own pages. It's the least, and then it goes in the respect of both the author and the reader. Good continuation also on DéblogToi !!!

  4. When will the helmet that simultaneously pampers your hair? 😆
    Beautiful sounds and incredible realism ❗

    I saw myself at the edge of the beach in Crete, taking a nap, with the waves in the background rolling the small pebbles on the beach... 😉 My little wife coming to whisper a few sweet words in my ear to wake me up (it's for the continuation that the headphones are missing 🙄 ) With all the pampering she did to me, I was obliged to rush to the whiting, Luigi, the Italian expatriate in Crete... and there, this storm that brought me back to the hard reality, and my home in Strasbourg 😥

    Thank you Corinne for this new post, which, if not making us travel to Asia, has awakened some other beautiful distant memories! 🙄

  5. @Yves: 😆 Without you, I would have never met Luigi!!! Thanks again... As a result, my colleagues at MaVille.com (ouh, the naughty buddies) reposted the link to DéblogToi.com too...

    @Denis: Ah yes. Me too, I think it's "The Sea" that I prefer above all, finally.

    @ N @ me: That's what I liked, with these sounds so realistic: their ability to transport you elsewhere, to create images, to make you travel differently ... After all, the sea, or the storm, it could be in Asia as well as on the Breton or Basque coast, other corners dear to my heart. That's what's fabulous. We can imagine everything.

  6. And that's how you end up with a helmet to buy ... You're exaggerating to push the consumer. Without headphones, it already gives a good overview.

  7. @Laurence: Glad you liked it 😉
    @Nono: No, I do not push for consumption. Simple earphones are enough. In fact, without a bag or earphones, it's not quite the same. The holophonic sound is really noticeable in all its dimensions unless it is restored in each ear.