This spring I embarked on a young people's project with the aim to create a series of theatre performances and installations with three colleges from Hampshire for Winchester Hat Fair Festival. With Wet Picnic artistic director Matt Feerick, we chose to look at creating binaural sound pieces, combined with live performance to explore our stimulus of the English Civil War in and around the Winchester area. This technique has become popular in recent years, particularly with the recent Complicite production 'The Encounter' using binaural recording to build and enhance storytelling.
I decided to create my own binaural microphone dummy head for the project which we used to create 3D sound worlds to accompany each performance. By using binaural recording techniques we explored different ways that text could be delivered to the audience. This can be particularly effective when recordings are made at various distances from the microphone. It was particularly effective for Barton Peveril College's group performance which looked at propaganda, where comments could be whispered secretively into the audiences ears.
(listen on headphones)