You can read more about the installation at Aria’s website, but it lends itself perfectly to being documented through binaural recording techniques because the sounds literally come from all around you. There are motors, mallets, and pipes installed on walls, girders, and metal stairs in the historic, gutted, warehouse building, all which are activated from the keyboard of a repurposed, antique, pump organ.
The recording was made with a custom built binaural head microphone. I made the device with a styrofoam mannequin head, a set of silicone ears designed for acupuncture practice, and a pair of Shure MX202 microphones embedded into the ear canals. Once again it is critical that you wear headphones to experience the localized binaural effect, although I just listened on my studio monitors and it sounds very clear and wide, maintaining lots of the spatial qualities.
Here’s a selection made by Jon Davis from our recent DKO performance and recording session at the lovely Bellows Studio in St. Paul, Minnesota. This rough segment was mixed and engineered by Adam Krinsky. The limited edition poster was designed and screen printed by Jasio Stefanski.
This the last of 14 tracks from a collection of Ostracon mixes recorded at three consecutive live shows last year. Each track is an untitled improvisation roughly mixed and edited for length. Ostracon is Graham O’Brien on drums and John Keston on electronics. If you are feeling brave, checkout the entire set on SoundCloud and check us out live at the Kitty Cat Klub on August 5, 2012.
There are two tracks left in this series of live roughs from Ostracon. This one and one more. If you have been listening, I would love to hear from you in a comment. We would also love to see you at the Kitty Cat Klub on Sunday, August 5, 2012 for two sets of live music from Ostracon. The amazing Terr the Om will start off the evening. Thanks!