I managed to grab a recording from the Radio France player using Audacity software. It was saved as 320kbps MP3 format and with the "stereo" setting on but I have no idea if that setting overwrote the original binauaral transmission. It sounds stereo to me, when I listen thru headphones but I'm no audio expert.
There's no "binaural" vs "stereo" setting. A binaural recording is still de facto stereo as far as number of channels is concerned.Richard-Eastham wrote: ↑Fri Jan 28, 2022 3:58 pmI managed to grab a recording from the Radio France player using Audacity software. It was saved as 320kbps MP3 format and with the "stereo" setting on but I have no idea if that setting overwrote the original binauaral transmission.
It's hard to tell when you have no frame of reference (i.e. haven't heard the original stereo mix - if it even exists, who knows, maybe Oxymore was done as binaural only).It sounds stereo to me, when I listen thru headphones but I'm no audio expert.
I guess there will be a stereo mix if it's getting its physical release.
I would say that this is due to the constraints of binaural processing which forces the dissociation of more advanced sounds than a simple stereo effect can provide. As a result, we focus less on the right/left dynamics but on the sound distribution of the global field heard. Yet I believe that the two are not incompatible and this dynamic be lacking in this mix of Oxymore.
Odd, I think it's the other way around. Amazonia is a lot less musical than Oxymore. Ok, it lacks melody, but there's clearly musical themes. And I understand that, because this is a tribute to Pierre Henry and if you listen to most of Henry's work, with keeping in mind that JMJ got stuff from Henry to work with, he did well to make anything musicalSynner wrote: ↑Sat Jan 29, 2022 3:58 pm Just listened to Oxymore for the first time - and first impression is hmm, I see why he released Amazonia rather this - as I think Amazonia was better. Amazonia is quite a bit more musical than Oxymore, which sounds like a lot of barely organised noise. Maybe that was the point though.
Definitely another case of Jarre pouring samples and sounds into one end of Eon, and slicing off an hours worth of output at the other and calling it an album, I feel.
Still, this is just a first impression - maybe it will grow on me.