March 9, 2010, 11:01 am
Filed under: binaural, Bruce Tovsky, events, news, Shimpei Takeda

Ok – here it is, at last. This video needed to be posted a long time ago, but my ineptitude with web video delivery made it impossible to have it any sooner. Now sit back and take your time to enjoy it in full…. will need a 31 minutes stretch, and a good headphone set, as it has a binaural sound recording, and it is full of sub bass-heavy stuff. And sorry for the silly title of this post… it may be that a ray of spring sun just fried a few of my residual neurons (btw, no Wikipedia needed: ΓΕΝΗΘΗΤΩ ΦΩΣ = genetheto fos = “let there be light”).

Shimpei Takeda/Bruce Tovsky, from the performance of last December 17, 2009


Also, I am happy to announce that the next event at Fotofono will be in the old ‘open doors’ style! Organized by Bryan Eubanks, this concert will kick off the Lucre trio’s tour. Just come early because space is limited, and doors will be closed the moment we reach full capacity.

Saturday March 13th, 2010
studio door opens at 9:00
first set at 9:30

A new, yet familiar, trio grouping of Vic Rawlings (amplified cello, electronics, from Boston, MA.), Chris Cogburn (percussion, Austin, TX.), and Bryan Eubanks (electronics, Brooklyn, NY).

Daniel Neumann
“The Sound of 500 Speer 9 mm. Luger Shells & O Between Fans plus Modular Extensions”.


Binaural bliss

(Still from Shimpei Takeda’s projection)

Three pieces recorded during a session held last December. Participants were Paul Devens, visiting from Maastricht and meeting up with old friend Keiko Uenishi (o.blaat) and Richard Garet, plus the much acclaimed (and yet, rarely spotted) sound-video duo of Bruce Tovsky and Shimpei Takeda – all introduced by the charming and understated tones of Kamran Sadeghi. Perfect human chemistry, resulting in three fantastic recordings.. you really know that something special was going on. Luckily, the whole event has been recorded by Bruce Tovsky using his state-of-the-art binaural microphone head, which means the guarantee of a blissful headphones listen. I swear, that head is quite a presence – but for friends, it’s just “Bernardo” …

This is what Bruce says: “This recording was made with a homemade binaural head, using two high quality omnidirectional microphones placed at the dummy’s ears, so when played back and listened to on headphones the listener perceives a 360 degree soundstage – with sounds coming from above, below and behind in addition to directly in front. Binaural recordings translate very well on conventional stereo systems, with an enhanced feeling of depth to the soundstage. Another advantage to the omnidirectional mics used in this process is the excellent bass response that they provide, and this recording features some deep sub-bass tones that might not be audible on computer speakers or normal stereo systems not equipped with a subwoofer or speakers with exceptional bass response. The recording was made to a Olympus LS-10 compact flash recorder at 96k/24bit, and then dithered down to a 48k/16bit master for the video.”

Anyway – the video will require some more work before it can be posted here, so that will have to go with the next blog post. But all sound recordings are available for streaming (through the Flash players below), and for download as free, open source, ogg Vorbis files, or as 320 kbps mp3 files.
Kamran Sadeghi

Paul Devens, Richard Garet, o.blaat (Keiko Uenishi)

Bruce Tovsky (improvising to Shimpei Takeda’s live video manipulations)

(Stills from Shimpei Takeda’s projection)

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