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If the next time you’re at a concert in Boston you find yourself next to a mannequin with an emo haircut, take note: You’re witnessing an innovative sound project. Aaron Soloway of Cambridge proudly calls it “the highest fidelity binaural recording mannequin in the world.”

Soloway, a freelance audio engineer, is among a small group of enthusiasts trying to push the frontiers of binaural recording—a technique that produces uniquely lifelike sounds by spacing two microphones to capture the way sounds arrive differently in our right and left ears. (The effect is more exact and personal than traditional stereo.)

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