With collective gatherings in large groups being impossible, and drawing our inspiration from ASMR videos, we have created an audio mechanism which is at the center of the show, utilizing the newest binaural technologies, spatialisation, and effects which allow for strong physical sensations through sound.
A binaural beat is an auditory illusion perceived when two different pure-tone sine wave are presented to a listener dichotically (one through each ear).
The listener perceives the auditory illusion of a third tone, in addition to the two pure-tones presented to each ear.
Binaural-beat perception originates in the inferior colliculus of the midbrain and the superior olivary complex of the brainstem, where auditory signals from each ear are integrated and precipitate electrical impulses along neural pathways through the reticular formation up the midbrain to the thalamus, auditory cortex, and other cortical regions.
Binaural recording is a method of recording sound that uses two microphones, arranged with the intent to create a 3-D stereo sound sensation for the listener of actually being in the room with the performers or instruments.
Cyril Barbessol created our audio experience using French software SPAT.
Here is an excerpt of his work on C-Ω-N-T-α-C-T.
Director's note • Staging • Context • Raphael the archangel • Binaural beats • Body/Emotions • Intermediality in theatre