Madrid’s Rastro: A Feast for the Ears

My latest podcast takes you on a sound-rich tour of the Rastro. Using custom built microphones and a special setup, I recorded this in binaural audio, which is incredibly immersive and three dimensional. You’ll feel like you’re there. If you’ve never heard binaural audio recordings before, you’re in for a treat. (To get the effect, you have to wear headphones or earbuds.)

I’d love to hear your comments! Thanks for listening.

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46 Responses to Madrid’s Rastro: A Feast for the Ears

  1. lc September 14, 2017 at 14:13 #

    Me encanta es fenomenal. Más. Danos más. Bien hecho.

  2. Audrey September 14, 2017 at 14:34 #

    Unbelievable! I was completely transported and felt that I was right there! Can’t wait for your next “soundscape” incredibly fun experience to listen to this.

    • Mike Randolph September 14, 2017 at 14:57 #

      Thank you so much. Makes me feel better about all the money I spent on microphones! 🙂

  3. Bev Hisey September 14, 2017 at 15:38 #

    Wow……what a wonderful experience…..glad to have learned about what binaural is all about…great music too…definately a must hear!!!!

  4. Mike Randolph September 14, 2017 at 15:45 #

    Thank you Bev. Your store is very cool, love the cushions.

  5. Moriah September 14, 2017 at 16:18 #

    ¡Qué increíble! A stimulating feast for the ears — and for the emotions. This brought me back to my beloved trip to Spain, where the voices, music, and sounds that seemed to be everywhere were profoundly memorable and unique. I know I will return to this again; I had to second guess myself at times, the sounds were so realistic. I love this. ¡Muchísimas gracias!

    • Mike Randolph September 14, 2017 at 17:00 #

      I’m delighted it helped you relive happy memories! It does really transport you there, doesn’t it? Thank you very much Moriah.

  6. James September 14, 2017 at 16:46 #

    Fantastico. Looking forward to my next audio visit.

  7. Ben September 19, 2017 at 12:09 #

    Bueniiiiiisimo!!! Mike, you are an artist, painting with sound! I really, really loved this. Sitting in the garden, headphones on, eyes shut, and boom! Transported to the Rastro! I really enjoyed the snippets of conversation, the bar (I wonder who ordered the ‘doble’!), the bird shop, and especially all the music that weaved in and out – perfectly done.

    More binaural soundscapes please! It’s like free travel! Or tele-transportation! By the way, is it me, or do the Spanish out on the street swear a lot?

    • Mike Randolph September 19, 2017 at 13:10 #

      Thank you Ben. Means a lot coming from you! And yes, haha, I left that in wondering whether anyone would catch it. Joder, good ears amigo!

    • Kathleen September 20, 2017 at 12:13 #

      Ben, thank you so much for sharing this with your subscriber base. And Mike, wow!. Thank you so much for creating this. What a treat!

      • Mike Randolph September 20, 2017 at 12:33 #

        Ben es buena gente. Thank you for your kind comment Kathleen!

  8. Patrick van Schijndel September 19, 2017 at 20:59 #

    Makes you want to go back to Madrid!

  9. Helena Ramos September 20, 2017 at 12:56 #

    What an incredible feast to the senses, not only the hearing! You feel as if you’re there! Thank you and bring us more!

  10. Dianne September 20, 2017 at 13:08 #

    Me ha encantado. ¡Gracias! Una gran idea…

  11. Julvic September 20, 2017 at 14:17 #

    Love it, love I love it!
    I just need a tapa in front of me for a complete immersion. I think I’ll get one, good idea,

  12. Kinloch MacGregor September 20, 2017 at 14:35 #

    I want to echo all of the above comments! It was totally absorbing. An existential experience of “yo and tu” with the tu being the Rastro! Wow, when I go back I’ll be listening with a different ear! Mil gracias and looking forward to future podcasts by you, Mike…

    • Mike Randolph September 20, 2017 at 14:46 #

      Actually, recording and also listening to this kind of audio does sharpen your listening skills and you start to appreciate things that you might have missed. Thanks for your comment.

  13. Jean Henley September 20, 2017 at 14:40 #

    Really enjoyed listening to this sitting in our garden in Portman (near Cartagena) thank you so much. I love hearing this beautiful language xx

    • Mike Randolph September 20, 2017 at 14:47 #

      Thanks for your comment Jean. More on the way!

  14. Patrick Ellis September 20, 2017 at 19:07 #

    Wonderful experience, thanks a bundle, from a stroke survivor

    • Mike Randolph September 20, 2017 at 19:15 #

      My pleasure Patrick. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment, I appreciate it.

  15. lieve September 21, 2017 at 17:28 #

    Thank you Mike. I realy want to go to Madrid now.

    • Mike Randolph September 21, 2017 at 18:04 #

      It’s pretty cool, I think you’ll like it. Thanks!

  16. Helen Bickell September 21, 2017 at 18:44 #

    Estupendo! Muchas gracias, Ben y Mike.

  17. Waldemar Jarek September 21, 2017 at 18:54 #

    ¡Que encanto! No sabía que se podía hacer cosas tan sorprententes usando sólo el sonido estereofónico.
    Mike, muchas gracias por compartir tu grabación – parece magia. Ben, gracias por el enlace 🙂

    • Mike Randolph September 22, 2017 at 09:25 #

      Muchas gracias por su comentario, Waldemar.

  18. Geri Biehl September 25, 2017 at 22:34 #

    That was so fun! It took me right back to my semester in Madrid.

    • Mike Randolph September 26, 2017 at 23:59 #

      Happy to hear that. (No pun intended!) Thanks for your comment Geri.

  19. Denise October 1, 2017 at 02:50 #

    It really was like ¨being¨ there! 🙂 Thank you for the mini- excursión!

    • Mike Randolph October 1, 2017 at 09:39 #

      You’re very welcome. Thank you for listening!

  20. Becky October 22, 2017 at 03:13 #

    Qué padre! I may have my students listen to this to relax the last few minutes of class. Mil Gracias!

  21. Bianca Elliott October 22, 2017 at 22:01 #

    This is great! Thanks! One day a week we focus on listening comprehension and we will use this.
    Something to consider may be a VR tour link with this and/or video so my beginning students can enjoy visually as well. For now, we will write about the sounds we hear and the upper levels can use their notes and sounds to write about in their weekly journals.

  22. Mike Randolph October 23, 2017 at 11:31 #

    I’m delighted it’s useful to you. Thanks for your suggestion, too. Right now, however, I’m concentrating on audio. As they say, it’s the most visual medium. Close your eyes while listening and ‘see’ for yourself, it’s cool!

    As for the images part, I do have my ebook on sale until the end of October 😉

  23. Barbara November 14, 2017 at 21:40 #

    Oh! How wonderful. For a few minutes I imagined I was back in Spain enjoying un cafe con leche in a busy town. The voices : some soft some loud, the people : some young some old, the music and those birds, oh those birds! So enjoyable, I loved it.

    • Mike Randolph November 14, 2017 at 22:12 #

      Very happy you enjoyed it Barbara! Stay tuned, there’s more to come. 🙂

  24. Patsy November 17, 2017 at 12:08 #

    Just in the middle of listening to it. I have a stinking cold and was feeling a bit sorry for myself, but this has lifted my spirits and transported me to another fascinating world. So glad I just stumbled across this link as I surfed with no particular aim. And that I somehow had some earphones to hand ( For some reason I never use headphones and hide then away) Thank you so much,Mike

    • Mike Randolph November 19, 2017 at 09:43 #

      How nice of you to take the time to let me know, I really appreciate it. Thank you Patsy. Have lots of ‘caldo’ and get well soon!

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