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stereo brian audio album

The Beach Boys' acclaimed album Pet Sounds was recorded in mono instead of stereo because Brian Wilson is deaf in his right ear. Since stereophonic recordings use two or more audio channels, they duplicate the way music sounds to someone with hearing in both ears. To someone with hearing in only one ear, even stereo sounds like mono, or single-channel audio. By 1966, most popular recordings took advantage of the newly available stereophonic process, but Brian couldn't tell the difference. Pet Sounds was remastered in stereo and rereleased in 1997, but some of the album's most dedicated fans balked. They considered it disrespectful to Brian's original vision.

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