“3-Way Stereo?” What’s That?

I’d never heard of NightBus before I stumbled on this New York Times story that discusses their experiments with something they call “three-way stereo.”

The song was recorded with very different but complementary arrangements for each audio channel. On the right side is a midtempo guitar version with male vocal; on the left is a more upbeat, electronic dance track with a female vocal. Put together, they form a third version that — unlike some songs built with such sonic experiments in mind — sounds seamless. (Continue reading.)

Okay, I’m interested.  Let’s give this a listen to the standard mix of the song first.

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Now here’s the 3-way stereo version via the New York Times.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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