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Re: applications

Dear Tim,

I think that one cause of the situation you describe is the need to
segregate your own voice from the recorded sounds.  Did I hear someone say
that nature doesn't provide you with sounds that are inside your head?
Well your own voice sounds like it is coming from within your head -- at
least mine does.  Mono recordings place the sound within the head, too.
So the segregation of the feedback from your own voice from the recorded
sounds becomes harder.  You can probably compensate for this by talking
louder and drowning out the interfering sounds.  Stereo playback,
especially playback that uses head-related transfer functions, can place
the recorded sounds outside your head, and the perceived spatial
separation from your own voice should allow them to be kept apart

 - Al

Albert S. Bregman,  Professor,  Dept of Psychology,  McGill University
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On Mon, 28 Sep 1998, Tim Cox wrote:

> I have been thinking about the discussion with regard to killer
> applications for sonification/binaural recordings. I have noticed that when
> listening to binaural recordings through earphones I can still hold a
> normal conversation and still hear clearly the sounds in the environment
> around me.

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