Holophonic journeys

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Dear English-speaking readers, this page is an automatic translation made from a post originally written in French. My apologies for any strange sentences and funny mistakes that may have been generated during the process. If you are reading French, click on the French flag below to access the original and correct text: 

I just discovered something incredible: the holophonic sound. An incredible sound of realism, which transports you to a beach or under the 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.

They record the sound in relief, as we do naturally with our two ears. The distance between the ears and the speed of propagation of the sound create a tiny shift: interpreted by our brain, it is what allows us to distinguish if a sound comes from the right or from the left, if it approaches or 'distant…

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 educational 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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