(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Acoustic engineer Edgar Choueiri will discuss his binaural audio set-up, which he claims can fool listeners into believing they are experiencing a live performance when they are actually hearing a recording, in a presentation entitled “Making Waves — Sounds of the Future” at the Hudson Opera House on Sunday, May 22, at 2pm, as part of Close Encounters with Music’s “Conversations With…” lecture series.
Choueiri will discuss the fruits of a decade of development, application, and refinement of his groundbreaking system of recording that he claims captures lifelike 3D audio in picture-perfect fidelity. Binaural recording systems are unique because they emulate the workings of the human head, according to Choueiri. Prepare to be fooled, says Choueiri: “You can hear a bird flying over your head. You’ll hear a whisper in one ear.”
An avid acoustician, Choueiri is a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Princeton University and head of the school’s 3D Audio and Applied Acoustics Lab. Choueri is also a rocket scientist who works with NASA.
“Conversations With…” has presented such notable speakers as writer, editor and Bob Dylan biographer Seth Rogovoy; composer, National Endowment grantee and Guggenheim fellow Judith Zaimont; baritone and actor Benjamin Luxon; Emmy Award-winning animator, illustrator, cartoonist and children’s book author R.O. Blechman; art restorer David Bull; Academy Award nominee Daniel Anker; scholar, performer and multimedia artist Robert Winter; former Yankee, author and sportscaster Jim Bouton; Metropolitan Opera costume designer Charles Caine and Metropolitan Museum curator of musical instruments Ken Moore.
Tickets for this event are $15 and are available on the Close Encounters website or at 800-843-0778. Light refreshments following the presentation are included.