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Old 23rd October 2017, 02:00 PM   #1
HarryY is offline HarryY  United States
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I was curious if there was any music specifically for headphones.

As kids my brother and I played around with music for headphones by making
recordings using two microphones back to back and about 6 inches apart then
playing music through the stereo speakers that were 10 feet or so apart.

Is would seem that it would be quite interesting to place the
microphones in the prime listening spot and have an orchestra play.

Is anyone doing such recordings?

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Old 23rd October 2017, 02:41 PM   #2
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I don't know much of binaural recording, it seems like no company care about this market. this guy's recording is awesome, YouTube.

for 3d recording, there're lots of young attractive girls doing ASMR videos.
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Old 25th October 2017, 07:05 PM   #3
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Not quite what you're asking, but Joe Bonamassa claims that they intentionally add details to his recordings that would only be noticeable on headphones as an example.
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Old 8th December 2017, 09:30 AM   #4
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Well, no... But headphones often makes a big difference! I even wrote an article about it (just click the following page to see, if you're interested) and it definitely depends on the quality of your headphones.
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Originally Posted by HarryY View Post
I was curious if there was any music specifically for headphones.
Well almost. Back in the seventies there was a genre known as "head music". Some of it was certainly recorded with headphones in mind as the preferred method of listening. This is probably not what you're referring to. But tunes like Zeppelin's Whole Lotta Love (the middle part) would really crank your head around when your mind was right wearing headphones.
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Old 14th January 2018, 11:54 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by HarryY View Post
I was curious if there was any music specifically for headphones.
Yes, there is, it is called binaural:

-- Chesky Records does this, and has published already about 38 binaural albums
recorded at 24bit/192Khz high resolution audio using an artificial head: Binaural+ Series | Chesky Records

--nativedsd.com has also a list released in DSD high res format: Binaural Dsd Music | Homepage | NativeDSD Music

--a list of older albums NON-high res (cd format) here: AWESOME BINAURAL ALBUMS! | Head-Fi.org

There are more, the important thing to know is that not every binaural recording is made equal. There can be exceptional recordings and failed ones.

Another important thing to know, is that you need the best headphones you can get.
Electrostatics is by far the best suitable for binaural recordings in my experience.

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Old 20th January 2018, 05:15 PM   #7
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This was an interesting read, reminded me that "back in the day," there were 45rpm records we were convinced were specifically produced to be played to sound best on cheap record players, rather than on sophisticated equipment..
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