About Dr. Chesky
This week’s Featured Artist from our Wake Up Your Ears sampler is Dr. Chesky. Jazz musician and recording engineer, David Chesky, presents tracks of strange music and sound effects created especially for the 5.1 Surround Sound system, magnifying the tones of everyday life for a greater appreciation of the amazing sonance that occurs in even the most mundane moments. Sounds include a thunderstorm, the New York City subway, a basketball game, helicopters, heartbeats, church mice, and many more.
Chesky Records has created their Binaural+ Series. Binaural sound has been around for a long time, but until now it was just for headphones and could not be enjoyed on speakers. Our Binaural+ Series recordings sound great on headphones and speakers, and capture the sound of music as you would if you were sitting in front of the band. The Binaural+ Series sessions were recorded in high-resolution 192-kHz/24-bit sound with a special Binaural head (a “dummy” human head with specially calibrated microphones where the ears would be). Now headphone users will hear the same three-dimensional sound and imaging as audiophiles have for the past 25 years with Chesky Recordings. Also these Binaural+ Series albums capture even more spatial realism for the home audiophile market, bringing you one step closer to the actual event.
Featured Track on Wake Up Your Ears
On “Dancing Flute and Drum,” Dr. Chesky plays a frame drum and Anne Drummond is on flute, and they trade off as they listen to their sounds coming back to them in the Church of St. Paul the Apostle in New York City. You should have a good sense of the space—the church is 284 feet long, 121 feet wide, and 114 feet high in the towers! The reverberation you hear is what they heard—it wasn’t added in post production mixing.
On “Mozart ave verum,” the choir and mighty organ were also recorded in the Church of St. Paul the Apostle. There’s something about the way the choir’s voices are suspended in the air that is truly magical. The sound is highly transparent and pure. The organ’s lowest notes may test the bass stamina of your speakers or headphones.
On “Edgar the Barber,” Professor Edgar Choueiri gives you a binaural “haircut,” and over headphones Edgar’s snipping scissors should encircle your head. This binaural recording can produce a remarkably holographic effect.
To purchase the exclusive Wake Up Your Ears sampler, featuring Dr. Chesky, available to Audiogon members only, click here.