An exploration of binaural sound in VR storytelling

 

As part of my exploration of immersive video, I began experimenting with binaural audio. Sound is an important part of storytelling, and we cannot have a compelling and truly immersive VR experience without spherical audio. It is vital in creating the illusion of presence in virtual environments.

The idea behind binaural audio is to capture sounds using multiple microphones to later be able to play different tracks to each ear of the listener to simulate how we perceive sound waves in real life. The technology has been around for a long time, but with the advent of VR, it means a new life for binaural.

Have a listen to this binaural audio experience (above) on headphones.

This post originally appeared on Medium. Reporter Anna Yelizarova is exploring virtual reality and 360-video storytelling.