We would like you to meet Lenny, the newest member of our team. Lenny is assisting us in creating `binaural`, or BN, recordings and live streaming of sound sessions from The Chiron. He is very shy and doesn`t say a lot, but is a good listener.
We all know that there is nothing like being in the physical presence of the gongs when experiencing a Sound Immersion or Gong Bath. However, BN sound allows you to surrender to a very immersive experience.
The literal translation of the word "binaural" means ‘of, relating to, or used with both ears’. There is a lot of confusion with `stereo` sound and with `binaural beats`. We will be working with binaural beats, and look for this too in future recordings.
Conventional stereo recordings do not factor in natural ear spacing or "head shadow" of the head and ears, which are things happening naturally as a person listens. BN recording recreates the way sound flows over the face and to each ear in turn. When played back through headphones, the listener experiences sound with 3D depth, distance and position of the sounds. We are also working in linear time, so this is true 4D sound. With your eyes closed, it`s difficult not to believe you are actually there!
There are various levels of BN recording, but to be true 3D sound a full mannequin head is required with the microphones deep within anatomically correct ears. Anything else is `pseudo binaural`. We have invested in the best, in order to give you the most awesome experiences. Look out for the `BN` mark on our future CDs and also on the live-streaming. We expect the first live event to be on Saturday 9th September with CDs out later in the year.
A short example of our BN sound can be found here - remember to use headphones and keep your eyes closed.
`Keep calm and carry gong`
John and June Shapter, Healing Sound Practitioners and founders of The Chiron Institute UK