World’s most advanced spatial audio sound system comes to London

The Amsterdam-based studio 4DSOUND will be debuting the world’s most advanced spatial audio sound system in London with a month of programming at Stone Nest from 21 April until 20 May 2023 in collaboration with 33-33. The programming includes live experiential shows by renowned composers some of which will present world premieres of new commissions for the sound system. These musicians and composers include Kali Malone, Max Cooper + Llyr, Oren Ambarchi, Robert Curgenven, NikNak, Alex Groves, Grand River and Andrea Belfi. 4DSOUND and 33-33 will also present the Diffusion event series, showcasing exclusive compositions written for the sound system by artists such as Suzanne Ciani, Zoë Mc Pherson, Thomas Ankersmit, Bendik Giske and more. The programming will close with an open-call workshop inviting UK-based composers, producers and artists to use the system. Tickets for the live programme go on sale today and the full Diffusion programme will be announced in the coming weeks. 

A large-scale grid of 4DSOUND speakers will be placed throughout Stone Nest’s chapel space, surrounding the audience from all angles to create a fully enveloping omnidirectional sound environment. 4DSOUND is at the helm of the next frontier of sound experience with its custom-designed hardware and software features. The studio produces remarkably realistic sound environments that can be manipulated to surreal extremes, allowing artists to play space as an instrument. This groundbreaking technology is the future of sound design, providing both the listener and the creator with a new dimension to dwell in. 

The 4DSOUND system is a spatial sound instrument that seeks to offer a sonic experience like no other. As the traditional format of receiving music melts away, the sound envelops the listener from all angles making it feel as if you are becoming a part of the piece. The studio describes the music performed as “sonic sculptures” which the audience is encouraged to explore from different vantage points to find new angles of appreciation. Felt as a unifying encounter, together the audience experiences spatial listening. 

“For a decade we have been developing what we like to call spatial sound instruments; site-specific sound systems which are able to project sound holograms in a listening area, enabling artists to actually play the space as an instrument. Our intention is to provide captivating listening experiences where sounds can range from realistic environments, to incredibly surreal electronic manipulations, and everything in-between. It’s not easy to describe in words the full potential of 4DSOUND’s technology, so we’d like to invite everyone with an interest or curiosity in spatial sound to join us at Stone Nest.” – Poul Holleman, Director

Head down to Stone Nest for its month of programming to experience fascinating ways of listening. 

The live programme is supported by the Richard Thomas Foundation (RTF), one of the leading commissioners of contemporary composers in the UK.  RTF commissions at Stone Nest will include world premieres of spatial compositions by Kali Malone, NikNak, Alex Groves and Robert Curgenven. Find out more on the foundation here:

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