4DSOUND is a new type of installation for spatial sound experience which produces moving sound images in an unlimited spatial continuum.
4DSOUND enables you to walk through space and experience sound from all directions. Sound seems to hover in space – like a phantom. Sounds move around, above, beneath and in-between the listeners. Led by your ears, you’re encouraged to explore the space. You can move between blocks of sound, touch lines of sound and walk through walls of sound.
The 4DSOUND system is a spatial instrument that can be played through integration with interfaces and controllers. The concept and technology introduce new forms of musical performance and sound design, and enable a creative practice of space and movement in music. It invites you to lose orientation and transcend the actual space you’re in. Sounds can seem intimately close as if whispered in your ear – or floating afar on the distant horizon. Sounds can circle around your head like a flock of birds, or twirl in the air like feathers.
The installation has already been involved in a number of big performances and also hosted the main stage of Blown Away, a one day festival in the port of Rotterdam on November 16th, 2013. The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra performed live in 4DSOUND, along with a line-up of live acts such as Eelke Kleijn, Stimming and Egbert. The orchestra performed classical repertoire by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Shostakovich in new spatial sound arrangements by composer Paul Oomen. The 4DSOUND system hosted two musical encounters between the orchestra and electronic acts Stimming and Secret Cinema.
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