The Crayon Project

Thoughts and Observations
12
March 2015

The Barber Shop Audio Brain Trick

Last month, in West Palm Beach, I met one of those amazing printing people I’ve written about before. His name is Jim Rhodes. We had a few conversations during the conference, often around the future of work, and what it might look like? During one of the conversations Jim said he’d send me a link to a Virtual Barber Shop audio file, that his daughter had sent him.  She’s studying Music Theory and History, and I can’t for the life of me remember the conversation that had him sending the link? But I am very glad he did 🙂

Last Sunday morning I watched an episode of Brain Games on Netflix. It’s described like so…

Think your brain is focusing on everything happening in front of you? Think you know exactly what is most important at any given moment? Think again.

It’s all connected to my fascination of how our mind works, and sometimes doesn’t, and what that means for how we experience and engage with the world around us. It all goes back to Calidascope, and why we started it, to help our clients see and think differently in order to do better stuff.

When it comes to the concept of DISRUPTION, we often associate it with shaking things up to see a different picture. But having watched the show I did, and having listened to the clip Jim sent, I realised that DISRUPTION is sometimes also about shaking things up to see things for how they really are.

With all of that as an intro, may I recommend you grab a set of headphones, plug them into whatever device you’ll be listening through, sit in a chair (as if in a barber shop), push play below and close your eyes. This isn’t one of those scary things were something loud shouts out. This is a very cool experience that gets your brain to do some amazing stuff.

What it is, is something called Binaural recording. According to Wikipedia:

Binaural recording is a method of recording sound that uses two microphones, arranged with the intent to create a 3-D stereo sound sensation for the listener of actually being in the room with the performers or instruments.

What you’ll experience is amazing. This is more than just good old-fashioned stereo. You’ll be transported into a barber shop. You may even feel things that aren’t real at all. I couldn’t help shake the thought that if my brain can experience all of this when there’s nothing there to begin with, what might be happening in my real life right now, that actually isn’t real at all?

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