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Introduction of Built-in Album
Various Artists – Dr. Chesky’s Sensational, Fantastic, and Simply Amazing Binaural Sound Show (2012)
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Genre ~ Miscellaneous Label ~ Chesky Records
Chesky Records would like to introduce its new Binaural+ Series. Binaural sound has been around for a long time, but until now it was just for headphones and could not be enjoyed on speakers. Our Binaural+ Series recordings sound great on headphones and speakers, and capture the sound of music as you would if you were sitting in front of the band. The Binaural+ Series sessions were recorded in high-resolution 192-kHz/24-bit sound with a special Binaural head (a “dummy” human head with specially calibrated microphones where the ears would be).
Now headphone users will hear the same three-dimensional sound and imaging as audiophiles have for the past 25 years with Chesky Recordings. Also these new Binaural+ Series albums capture even more spatial realism for the home audiophile market, bringing you one step closer to the actual event.
1 Storms Are On The Ocean Amber Rubarth 3:34
2 Back Home Again In Indiana Wycliffe Gordon & Friends 4:54
3 Phrases White,Sherman & Haddad 2:39
4 Pamafunk The Brooklyn Funk Band 4:04
5 Sami Bayyati Sukoon 6:03
6 Bach Toccata And Fugue Gregory D’Agostino 3:30
7 Westside Blues Westside Jazz Quartet 3:50
8 Bach Suite no.2 for unaccompanied cello: Sarabande; Suite no.1 for unaccompanied cello: Prelude Dave Eggar 3:00
9 Drum Solo Todd Turkisher 1:07
10 Binocerous The Widgets 3:27
11 Mozart Divertemento in D Mov 1 The Manhattan Chamber Ensemble 4:35
12 Raqs el-hawanim Sukoon 4:05
13 Crazy Kids Armand Hirsch Trio 3:32
14 Bach Jesu Joy Of Man’s Desiring Choir of the Church of the Blessed Sacrament 3:00
15 Mozart Ave Verum Choir of the Church of the Blessed Sacrament 3:12
16 Dancing Flute & Drum Anne Drummond & Dr. Chesky 3:55
17 This Little Light Of Mine The West New York Spiritual Choir 2:44
18 Tranquility White,Sherman & Haddad 4:29
Part 2: The Tests
19 One Meter Microphone Test 0:26
20 Right Channel ID Test 0:34
21 Left Channel ID Test 0:34
22 Electric Bass Guitar Scale 1:10
23 Acoustic Bass Scale 0:25
24 Organ Pedal Scale 4:37
25 Edgar The Barber 0:32
26 Dr. Chesky’s Shave 0:47
Reviewing extract of Listener
Track 1, Amber Rubarth singing "Storms are On The Ocean." From the gentle guitar, to the ethereal, airy string accompaniment, to Amber's serenely sung vocal (intimately placed at center front), this track is representative of my hopes for the future of binaurally recorded music. I usually listen to this track not just once, but a few times each time. It is entirely immersive, simple, and beautiful.
Track 4, The Brooklyn Funk Band playing "Pamafunk." Okay, I'm partial to a funky groove. One that surrounds you thoroughly, completely and charges every molecule of air in the venue...well, that I'm even more partial to.
Track 11, The Manhattan Chamber Ensemble playing "Mozart Divertemento in D Mov 1." You're a VIP. The Ensemble has come to your home or office, and opens up with some lighthearted Mozart--all just for you, front and center. That's what this one is.
Track 12, Sukoon playing "Raqs el-hawanim." Close your eyes, and you're completely surrounded by a place that is likely very far from home (unless you live in the Middle East). If your head isn't bobbing, your feet not tapping, have someone check your pulse.
Track 14, Choir of the Church of the Blessed Sacrament performing "Bach Jesu Joy Of Man's Desiring." This one was performed and recorded in the Church of St. Paul the Apostle in New York City, the beautiful voices of the choir atop the deep, gentle, cascading accompaniment of the church's sonorous organ.
Introduction of Dummy Head Recording
1. Dummy Head Recording
In acoustics, dummy head recording (also known as artificial head or Kunstkopf) is a method used to make binaural recordings, that allow a listener wearing headphones to perceive the directionality and the room acoustics of single or multiple sources.
Human perception of the direction of a sound source is complex, and consists of:
- Simple "left-right" information can be gained from relative level differences and time of arrival differences of the sound in each ear.
- For percussive sounds, the impact of a shock wave can register perceptibly on the skin (typically the upper torso), with the earliest and strongest sensory stimulus coming from the regions of skin aligned perpendicular to the direction of the sound source.
- The human head imprints frequency-dependent distortions of phase and amplitude on sound reaching the eardrums, that are frequency-dependent level differences and these distortion effects vary with the direction of the sound source (being caused by the geometry and sound-transmitting characteristics of the sinus and throat cavities, eustachian tubes, inner ear, external ears, and other hard and soft tissues in the head and upper body (see: head-related transfer function, "HRTF").
Conventional stereo recording only makes use of left-right information. Dummy head recording uses both left-right information and frequency-dependent distortions.
2. So Just What IS Binaural?
The above double photo is probably familiar to most persons - it's an old-fashioned 3D stereograph. It was photographed with two lenses about 2 1/2 inches apart, duplicating the separation of our eyes. When the two photos of slightly different perspective are seen in a stereoscope viewer that shows only the left image to the left eye and the right image to the right eye, the brain assembles them into a virtual image with a natural third dimension.
Binaural carries out a roughly similar operation, recording music and sounds with two tiny omnidirectional mikes at the entrance to the ear canals on an artificial head replicating human features (with the ears about 6 to 8 inches apart). This includes even the fleshy ridges of the outer ears which modify the frequency balance of sounds depending on the direction from which they originate. The two channels of sound are kept totally separate from the original recording site to the two drivers on the headphones worn by the listener. Since only two channels are required, binaural is compatible with stereo. Just as the left eye must view the left image of the stereopticon, it is important that the signal from the left ear mike on the dummy head goes to the left ear of the listener and vice versa. There is no mixing of the two channels as with stereo loudspeaker playback (and often recording too). By the way, binaural is almost as old-fashioned as the stereopticon - the first experiments took place in 1881 on the stage of the Paris Opera using double telephone lines to subscribers!
It is important to recognize the difference between a stereophonic system and a binaural system. The former system uses loudspeakers but requires an infinite number of channels for perfect reproduction. The latter requires only two channels for perfect reproduction but involves the use of a pair of head receivers [drivers] held tightly to the ears for each listener. All listeners with such a system can be given the illusion of sitting in the best seat in the concert hall. ...Harvey Fletcher in the SMPTE Journal Vol. 61, September 1953.
The binaural experience is striking, and requires no special equipment besides stereo headphones and binaural recordings. While binaural doesn't depend on the highest fidelity to achieve its amazing realism, the better the playback equipment and headphones, the better will be the sound. On the other hand, the simplest ear-buds and a portable CD player can provide plenty of binaural thrills! The listener is placed exactly where the performance or sound originated, with sounds localized in a 360-degree sphere around one. The live ambience of the hall in which a musical performance takes place is preserved more precisely than with an expensive multi-speaker surround sound system.
All modern binaural recordings are compatible for loudspeaker playback, but unless you turn the speakers in and sit between them, you will lose most of the pin-point localization. However, when played through a matrix surround decoder and multi-loudspeakers, most binaural recordings will be found to provide a more natural surround soundfield than specially-encoded music surround CDs. This is due to the very clean phase (L-R)
3. How are binaural recordings made now?
Most binaural recording today is done with an artificial or "dummy" head replicating the human head not only in average dimensions and details but also in approximate hardness and softness of skin and bone. One researcher even worked for a time with actual human skulls, but eventually found synthetic materials to be easier to use. Some of the recording heads also model the shoulders and many have hair on the head, because all of these details have an effect on the sound picked up by the two mikes. These mikes are usually tiny omnidirectional condensers mounted at or near the entrance to the ear canals. Some designs have placed the mikes at the same location as the eardrums, with special equalization to correct for the double traversal of the ear canal (first in recording and again in playback). At any rate, placement of the mikes somewhere inside the pinna or outer ears allows them to preserve the Head Related Transfer Functions or HRTFs.
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Introduction of HDtracks
HDtracks is a high resolution digital music site offering DRM-free music in multiple formats as well as cover art (and liner notes via PDF file downloads for a majority of catalog offerings) with Audio CD-quality and master recording quality download selections.
The company was privately founded by David and Norman Chesky of the audiophile recording company Chesky Records, and is based in New York, NY. The service was launched on March 21, 2008, initially offering only CD-quality 44.1khz audio files in AIFF format from a small offering of independent record labels, including audiophile record company catalogs from Chesky Records, Reference Recordings, 2L, and blues labels like Alligator Records. Shortly after its initial launch, HDtracks began offering higher sample and bit rate recordings such as 96 kHz/24bit, 192 kHz/24bit and other higher resolution than CD sound files with a focus on jazz, classical music, adult-oriented rock, and historic recordings targeting adult consumers looking for an alternative to lesser-quality compressed mp3 files.
Introduction of Chesky Records
It all started in 1978 when a young composer/musician named David Chesky, who was beginning a career on Columbia Records, found himself frustrated with the lack of artistic control afforded by his position. He asked his business partner and younger brother Norman if he thought they should start their own record company. But what did these two young men who had made their way from Miami to New York at a tender age know about running a business? Frankly, not much. But what the brothers may have lacked in corporate acumen they made up for with a burning passion to create great music and great sounds, and the desire to to create new and exciting ways to capture and reproduce music.
And so, Chesky Records was born. Norman remembers: "We wanted to please both musical connoisseurs and the high-end audiophiles by signing some of the best musicians in the world, and then capturing their live performances with the latest and best technology." Adds David, " I would walk into a recording studio and see fifty microphones set up. When I realized that people don't hear music that way, and that musicians play differently when they are recorded like that, I decided that if we ever started a company, it was going to have a different and unique recording philosophy."
By 1986, David was traveling to universities and talking to scientists and engineers about the parameters of recording capabilities. This was also the year that he had the honor of being introduced to the great classical pianist Earl Wild, who not only gave the younger musician some pointers on composition and performance, but also the opportunity to listen to the master tapes of one of his famous Rachmaninoff recordings from the Reader's Digest series. David was so impressed by what he heard that he and Norman struck a deal with Wild and Reader's to re-issue the work on audiophile-quality vinyl. The Cheskys had saved every nickel to build a custom mixer and tube tape recorder that would bring the original glory out of older recordings. The bid was successful, and the ensuing release was met with such widespread critical success that we were able to reissue the other Reader's recordings and then do the same with a number of orchestral works on RCA.
The next step would prove to be even more difficult than the first. We had to show that they were capable of not only producing wonderful reissues, but first-rate original recordings as well. Renting out the legendary RCA Studio A, we set up their custom-built equipment and recorded jazz violinist Johnny Frigo, followed in short succession by long-admired jazzmen Clark Terry and Phil Woods. As these initial efforts garnered raves from jazz fans and audiophiles alike, we managed to build a formidable roster of Latin American talent: Luiz Bonfa, Grammy-winning clarinet and alto saxophonist Paquito D'Rivera, and vocalist Ana Caram. The Chesky catalog has grown steadily ever since, and includes jazz legends Peggy Lee, Herbie Mann, Joe Henderson and McCoy Tyner, adult contemporary artists Livingston Taylor, Kenny Rankin, Rebecca Pidgeon, Sara K., John Pizzarelli, and Christy Baron, classical keyboard masters Earl Wild and Igor Kipnis, and world music innovators Orquesta Nova, celebrated guitarist Badi Assad, Carlos Heredia, and I Ching. Along with the excitement over showcasing famous musicians and establishing newer ones came significant technical advances in the recording process. Chesky Records was the first company to use 128x Oversampling to achieve previously unheard levels of fidelity, while utilizing the finest analog-to-digital converters to attain what came to be known as High Resolution Recordings. Now Chesky is the first independent American record label to record using the new Digital Versatile Disc (DVD) technology. The recently introduced first recordings made with 96kHz/24-bit components have astonished even the hardest-to-please audiophiles, and they promise to be the future of high-end audio.
And at the same time that Chesky has been pushing the very boundaries of recorded music, we also reached our greatest artistic triumph. Paquito D'Rivera's third Chesky release, Portraits of Cuba, a beautiful collection of jazz interpretations of Cuban folksongs, won the 1997 Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Performance, beating out a slew of major-label competitors. Chesky Records has its collective eye on the horizon. In 1997 we introduced a children's division, Chesky Records Kids, with the release of A Children's Introduction to the Orchestra. Maintaining its mission to produce only the highest-quality products, Chesky Records Kids focuses on music education and environmental awareness. Faced with a lack of musical education in the schools and a depleted classical music audience, Chesky Kids hopes to provide an aesthetic foundation which children will be able to build upon throughout their lives.
Striving to broaden our audience while staying fast to our commitment to use the finest technology available to deliver beautiful music, Chesky Records is developing the listening pleasures of tomorrow today.
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