I did some recording with artist, Janet Cardiff a couple of weeks back as part of a project for Modern Art Oxford. She is currently showing her work in the gallery, and does a lot of recording using the technique of binaural recording. This is sometimes done with a dummy head to collect sound reflections from the head, ears and shoulders which, when listened back on headphones, creates an uncanny 3D effect of sound coming from locations in the space around you.
In this case, we mounted her small binaural mics on a pair of headphones, to be worn by some of the children in the school where we worked. Then had the “actors” positioned slightly behind them for the recording.
The final assembled project will be a story, with sound effects and characters played by the school children.Â