|I'd love to save up enough money to buy a recorder and some binaural in-ear style mics to make my own binaural recordings, even if they're not of music. Those recordings jimbobuk made are just astounding.
this need not be expensive at all and in fact can be done for a very small sum.
the recorder can be anything that will record portably-an old cassette walkman recorder,an early MD recorder (better acually for music),ipods,mp3 recorders.....
the binaural mic set is also a cheapie.Take an old pair of cheasy mini-headphones (the ones that come with most portable Cd players qualify) and remove the speakers.
Drill a hole in the plastic housing to allow the mounting of a couple of Panasonic mic capsules (element out dirctly where the holes in your ears would be),damp the plastic housing to eliminate mic cable and other mic noise (annoying as hell),use the original headphone cable and mini plug to plug into the recorder if it has mic bias or if not into a simple candy tin battery box carrying a nine volt battery ,two resistors and two caps plus connectors.
No way that whole thing costs more than ten bucks to make and it will kick major butt for recording ambient and nature sounds.
For music you will need
the battery box which will allow for higher levels in the mic due to the jigher biasing from the nine volts PLUS a low end rolloff (caps there,just increase the size with a switch) which prevents overload at those frequencies-very important with live electronic music,not as important with live acoustic music .
and finally,if the recorder does not have a good input level adjustment you will need to add a volume pot-again dirt cheap.
Do this man.It is a blast to just walk down the street doing nothing special but recording events as you go then playing it back later.
be transplanted right back to the original "space" of the recording and if you close your eyes can place everything in the position it was originally but instead of visually this will be aurally-a much more sensitive method.your eyes may be able to fool you but never your ears !
I can provide links to the project if interested