Audio and Video Downloads Now Available

Graham Blyth Celebrates 20 years of Organ Concerts at AES 135

Blyth at the organ

A Graham Blyth Organ Concert was held during the 135th AES Convention in New York, NY. The concert featured works by Marchand, Bach, Franck and Gigout. As a part of the concert Robert Schulein and Dan Mapes Riordan made a combined Binaural and HD video recording for downloading following the convention. This recording consists of a composition by César Franck (1822-1890): Trois Píéces (1878): Fantasie in A, Cantabile, and Píéce Héroïque.

The audio/video recordings have now been edited and uploaded to YouTube. The recordings have been formatted for either headphone or loudspeaker auditioning by AES members. For those that attended the concert, these recordings will allow the opportunity to compare the live event to a surround audio with video recording process compatible with today’s consumer viewer/listening technology.

Viewing and Downloading

Once you have selected one of the two URLs, you may view the production with different levels of video quality by clicking on the “Quality” icon on the You Tube tool bar just below the progress bar. Choices will include 240p, 360p, 480p, 720p HD and 1080p HD. Select the highest value that will play on your particular computer or device.

If you have already installed a video download helper with your browser, you will also be able to download these productions to your desktop for later viewing, or transfer to another device such as a smart phone or tablet computer. Choices from the download menu will typically include MP4 1080p, MP4 720p, and MP4 360p. MP4 720p will generally be compatible with smartphones and tablet computers and produce a high-resolution image. MP4 1080p will look best on larger computer screens or HD television sets.

If you need assistance with downloading and viewing these productions from YouTube, please visit this site for assistance:

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The Recordings

Graham Blyth – Trois Píéces by César Franck, Headphone Version

Graham Blyth – Trois Píéces by César Franck, Loudspeaker Version

Viewing Technical Notes

These recordings combine binaural recording with HD Point of view video. The addition of a second sense, i.e. point of view video images reinforces the binaural audio experience as it helps a listener/viewer better understand where various sound are, and are not originating. It also tends to minimize front-back confusions and localization errors due to differences in HRTF between the capture and reproduction heads.

The technical specifications for the Audio Video Content are as follows:
Headphone versions
2-Channel Binaural
AAC 320 kb/s
44.1 kHz
1080p, 30fps
h.264, 4 mb/s (1080p)

Loudspeaker Listening
Cross-Talk Cancelled * for
60 degree included angle speakers,
AAC 320kb/s, 44.1 kHz
1080p, 30fps
h.264, 4 mb/s (1080p)

*Based on the Kirkeby design and include proprietary enhancements to optimize tonal balance in consideration for various playback configurations. See: Design of Cross-Talk Cancellation Networks by Using Fast Deconvolution, Kirkeby, Ole; Rubak, Per; Nelson, Philip A.; Farina, Angelo, AES Convention: 106 (May 1999) Paper Number: 4916

File sizes with HD video are approximately 250MB (1080p). Using QuickTime Pro, these files may be converted to an AppleTV file size, and then stored in the movie folder of iTunes. When an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad are then synced, you will have a very good looking/sounding version to experience on a portable device. Similar techniques work with Android and Microsoft operating systems.

If you have the ability to connect a computer to a large screen HD display, you should select the 1080p downloads for optimum resolution.

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