Why isn’t binaural audio a bigger thing?

Many music fans were introduced to the word binaural back in 2000 when Pearl Jam released an album under that title. Following the rabbit hole led to the world of binaural recording, which is a method of preserving sounds in 3-D. Done right, music recorded this way can be a pretty awesome audio experience.

Unfortunately, this tech hasn’t really caught on with the masses despite being around since at least the 1970s.

That, however, might be about to change thanks to the rise of VR. Positional audio is becoming a thing in VR games. If you’ve played in this environment, you probably have experienced it when a missile seems to come from behind your right shoulder and tracks overhead to explode to your left.

Sennheiser, the microphone and headphone company, has released this short film using proper binaural audio. Give it a listen on headphones and you’ll be hooked. Once you’re done, read more at The Next Web.

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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