4DSOUND invites artists, researchers and technical developers from a variety of disciplines to apply for the Artist Residency Programme at the Spatial Sound Institute in Budapest, Hungary. We currently accept submissions for residencies to take place in the period 1st of January - 31st of December 2018



Application Guidelines

The programme seeks to engage projects that contribute to the development of the Ecology of Listening - improving the quality of our listening environments to enhance our mental and physical state of being. The programme stimulates development of new technologies and methodologies to produce sound spatially, new forms of content and presentation that enhance our ability to listen, and further research in our understanding of, and relationship with, listening. 

Applications for the Artist Residency Programme 2018 should successfully demonstrate a fundamental contribution to one or more of the following key areas of exploration: 

• new insights into and knowledge of sound and listening

• new technologies or methodologies that enhance creation, control, experience and distribution of spatial sound

• new forms of sound content and aesthetics

• new and original forms of spatial presentation and experience of sound

• design of real and imaginary listening environments

• development of a sustainable artistic or educational practice with spatial sound


Who Can Apply?

The Spatial Sound Institute welcomes applications by professionals from various disciplines that consider themselves dedicated creators and/or researchers of sound. No prior experience of music production or work with spatial sound environments is strictly necessary.

The programme offers broad possibilities for artists at any stage of their career – for established artists as well as for those at the beginning of their career, and also for students. Co-operation among artists of various origins, backgrounds and interests can be an important source of inspiration. Groups will be formed with compatibility of interests taken into consideration.



What We Offer

The facilities of the Spatial Sound Institute include a large-scale spatial sound studio project space and accommodation for up to twenty artists. 

The programme offers dedicated time working on the 4DSOUND system, which includes: 

• 36.6 omnidirectional speaker configuration

• 4DSOUND processing and control software

• various spatial sound software and hardware control interfaces 

• general audio equipement for digital and analogue production, performance and recording. 

Read more about our system and approach to interfaces here


Participants of the programme will be trained on how to work with the system throughout the residency, including workshops and one-on-one mentoring sessions by expert users of the 4DSOUND system. The residency is designed for artists to explore the system and its creative potential in individual sessions, while receiving ongoing technical support and regular scheduled guidance on creative development and evaluation.

The residency culminates in a public presentation of the newly developed work, which can take several forms - from public concerts and events, listening sessions, workshops or lectures to new developed software modules, interfaces, instruments, conceptual frameworks or a research publication. 

The Spatial Sound Institute documents and archives the working process and the outcomes of the residency, and offers dedicated communication about the work and the artists to a large network of international institutions, audiences and press.


Staying at the Spatial Sound Institute

The Institute forms part of the interdisciplinary arts complex Art Quarter Budapest, a 6-story reclaimed warehouse overlooking the Danube in the beautiful wine-producing southern region of Budapest.

Residents work and live in the complex during their stay in comfortably furnished rooms. The rooms are ca. 25 m2 each and connected by shared living rooms, kitchen, shower and bathroom facilities. 

Daily a delicious vegan lunch is provided for the residents by our own chef Szilvia Toth.

Free Wifi is available throughout the building, and participants of the programme can use the buildings and public spaces across the entire AQB complex.

Whilst staying at the Spatial Sound Institute and AQB, residents will have the opportunity to meet and spend time with a diverse range of international artists from different backgrounds. Every month there are open workshops, talks and presentations at the facility. Residents can also enjoy regular dinners, gatherings, and trips into Budapest just 15 minutes away by train, along with tours of local wineries and sights.


Costs of the Artist Residency

The costs for the Artist Residency at the Spatial Sound Institute are 1250 EUR p/week. This includes:

  • 20 hours of access to the 4DSOUND studio
  • ongoing technical support and regular artistic guidance
  • personal production studio equipped with two monitor speakers and mixing console
  • accommodation and half-board, consisting of daily 2-course vegan lunch, basic groceries, spring water, coffee and tea


Residency Funding and Scholarship

Each participant selected for the Artist Residency Programme is offered a Scholarship from the Spatial Sound Institute Scholarship.

The Scholarship includes a maximum of 40% matching funding to cover the costs for studio, technical facilities, professional assistance, accommodation and board, communication and documentation of the residency.

The Scholarships are meant to financially stimulate the realisation of the artist residencies. The scholarships require matching funding from other institutions or individually obtained support by the artist. As part of the Scholarship support, the Spatial Sound Institute can assist in mediating with art institutions, international foundations and other financial resources to match the required budget for the residency.

Previous holders of the Spatial Sound Institute Scholarship have been: Gabor Lazar, Fanni Fazakas, Judit Emese KonopasEric Raynaud, Adam Krasz, Soma Farkas, Bálint Laczkó, Mark Fell, Svetlana Maras, Rona Geffen, Gabor Pribék, Tom Slater & Jeremy Keenan, Hanno Leichtmann.

Artist residencies at the Spatial Sound Institute have been supported by diverse institutions and organizations such as Centre for Art and Media Karlruhe [DE], Danish Arts Foundation [DK], Showroom of Contemporary Sound [CR], Liszt Ferenc Music Academy [HU], ArtShip Foundation [US], Creative Industries Fund [NL], Performing Arts Fund [NL], Austrian Cultural Forum [AT], RedBull [NL], Institut Francais [FR], Kitchen Budapest [HU], Bavarian State Opera [DE], Arts Council England [UK], Central Saint Martins University [UK], UH Fest [HU].


How to Apply:

To submit your application for the Artist Residency Programme, please send an email to submissions@4dsound.net containing the following information:


1. Overview of your project

Include a description of your project. You may use up to 500 words and 6 images.


2. Type of Residency:

Indicate the main purpose of the residency choosing from the following categories. You may select more than one category.

  • Research 
  • Content Creation
  • Performance Practice
  • Education
  • Technology & Methodology Development
  • Design, Simulation & Prototyping


3. Duration of the Residency

Indicate the duration of the residency in months. Residencies can last from a minimum one month, up to a maximum one year.


4. Impact and Outcomes:

Include your insights into the impact and outcomes of your project. The envisioned outcomes should be aligned with the main purpose and key areas of exploration of the residency. You may use up to 200 words for each strand.

4.1 How does your project contribute to the development of the Ecology of Listening?

4.2 What is the desired outcome of the project? What will be the impact of your work beyond the residency?  

4.3 What technologies are you planning to use and/or develop as part of the residency? 

4.4 How will the work be delivered publicly? What form(s) of presentation do you envision for the work?

4.5 How will the residency contribute to the development of your personal artistic practice and research?


5. Feasibility and Requirements:

5.1 What is your level of proficiency and need for assistance?

Indicate to what extend you will require external support, knowledge or collaborators to realized the proposed project.

5.2 What technology and resources are required?

List all technologies, equipment and other resources required for the residency, and indicate whether these are to be provided by the applicant or the Spatial Sound Institute.

5.3 Phasing for the development of the project

Provide a schedule for how your work will progress within the duration of the residency, and include milestones for the realisation of essential steps in this process.


6. Artist Biography

Summarize your educational and professional background and relevant project experience of parts involved.


7. Reference Works:

Include up to 3 links or attached files containing documentation of previous works that specifically underline the proposed project. Only single examples of works are considered, links to webpages with collected works will not be taken into consideration.

Please send any file attachments over 2MB via wetransfer.com.


8. Preferred Residency Dates and Available Time Range:

Indicate the desired start and end dates for the residency. If possible include more than one optional period. You may apply for periods within January 1st - December 31st 2018.


9. Budget and Funding:

9.1 Provide an estimated budget for the residency, including a breakdown of the following categories:

  • residency costs (studio facilities, training and guidance, accommodation and board)
  • artist costs (fees, allowance and travel)  
  • additional technical requirements (not included in studio facilities of the Spatial Sound Institute)
  • additional personnel involvement (mentors and collaborators external from the Spatial Sound Institute)
  • documentation and presentation costs

9.2 Indicate your targeted funding resources.

The total funding must be matching the estimated costs for the residency. Include the desired support from the Spatial Sound Institute Scholarship in your funding estimation.


Application Deadline:

Proposals for the Artist Residency Programme 2018 must be submitted by October 1st 2017 23:59PM Central European Time. Submissions delivered after this date and time will not be considered. 


Jury Selection Procedure:

Submissions that are complete and eligible according to the Application Guidelines are reviewed by the Curatorial Board of the Spatial Sound Institute, consisting of experts in various respective fields:

  • Dasha Rush, DJ, musician, label-owner of FullPanda Records (based in Berlin, Germany)
  • Naut Humon, founder & director of Recombinant Media Labs (based in San Francisco, United States)
  • Luis-Manuel Garcia, ethnomusicologist, writer, lecturer at University of Birmingham Music Department (based in Birmingham, United Kingdom)
  • Robert Lippok, artist, musician, co-founder of Institut für Raumexperimente (based in Berlin, Germany)
  • Marco Donnarumma, composer, performer, technologist, publicist, co-founder and CTO of XTH (based in Berlin, Germany)
  • Nico Boritch, creative director, co-founder of visual label Anti-VJ (based in Brussels, Belgium)


Contact us about the Programme

Please send an e-mail to info@4dsound.net


Working with 4DSOUND

Artists who have successfully applied will develop work using the 4DSOUND system, a fully omnidirectional sound environment that enables artists to both produce and perform vivid and richly detailed sonic environments through a range of interfaces and control systems.

Read about our integrated output system and approach to interfaces and system control here


"If creative sound can come from the surrounding world rather than only from a focused, tightly defined source defined by individual authors, then I think our conceptions of art might change in fundamental ways. Instead of assumptions where humans are essentially alone,  surrounded by inanimate void, I think the detailed and subtle space created by the 4DSOUND system implied a very different picture of the world. Voices and presences can be everywhere.
Far from ‘alone’, I found myself inside a renewed kind of present world, surrounded and in a very curious way released and fulfilled.“
- Philip Beesley, Artist, Academic, Architect


Artists often come away from the process of developing and performing work on the 4DSOUND system with a new perspective on the relationship between space and sound. Many state that it has helped to redefine their sense of the role space plays, not just in their work, but also in their awareness on space and how we live within it.

Read more about the our philosophy in practice, Understanding Space through Sound, here.

Among our past residents have been electronic music pioneers such as Biosphere, Murcof and Frank Bretschneider, adventurous musicians from the world of techno and club culture such as Oscar Mulero, Stimming and Max Cooper, and media and performance artists such as Marco Donnarumma and Lisa Park. An overview of our active artist network can be found here.

Read a retrospective by Paul Oomen, founder of 4DSOUND and head of development at the Spatial Sound Institute, here - outlining some of the key collaborations with artists that have been formative to develop multiple artistic directions within the emerging medium of spatial sound.


The Spatial Sound Institute and its surroundings:



The Hungarian capital is in Central-Eastern Europe, at the middle section of River Danube. The country has been a member of the EU since 2004. The closest neighbouring capitals are Vienna (Austria) and Bratislava (Slovakia) – both about 220 km from Budapest. Budapest is an international city in the heart of Europe with 2 million inhabitants, and has been a cultural and political centre of the region for centuries. Based on its geographical position it is a gateway between East- and West-Europe, between the Balkans and the center of Europe.


Cultural background:

Budapest has a rich cultural history and has always been a place inhabited with the spirit of invention and experimentation. Among many things, Budapest was the birthplace of some legendary figures of the influential architectural movement Bauhaus, as well as the place where Nikola Tesla invented the principle of rotating magnetic fields, which has has provided the world with the wonders of electricity. An active underground art scene existed here during the Communist era, and after the fall of the wall, a dynamic international art community has been steadily emerging up until today.



The Institute is located in the area of Budafok, an old wine-producing region in southern Budapest. The banks of the river Danube can be reached from the Complex within a 5-minute walk. There are several restaurants and fast food outlets by the riverside and in the neighbourhood, and there are low-price grocery stores in the area. One of Budapest's largest shopping malls with numerous shops, restaurants, petrol station etc. is about 2 km from AQB.


Art Quarter Budapest:

A former brewery built in 1860 in the area of Budafok, it was revitalised ten years ago as an interdisciplinary art and research centre hosting studios and residencies to support artists in developing and showcasing their work. The large AQB properties near the river Danube provide a unique setting to the Artist Residency programme. They create an atmosphere in which artists can concentrate on their own work, while they can also integrate into Budapest’s lively contemporary art scene.


Getting To The Institute:

Local traffic

The Spatial Sound Institute is some 8 kms from the city centre. Public transport system is comfortable and efficient, with a train station (Háros) within walking distance, that takes you to central station Budapest-Déli in 15 minutes. There are several bus lines (including night bus services) running very close to the venue. Cycling to and from the Institute is fast and comfortable on the bike routes. Free parking places are available at the central building, and AQB offers cars and bikes for residents to rent at favourable prices.


Budapest has an international airport with daily connections to a large number of destinations in Europe and overseas. It is also a destination of several low-cost airlines.


Hungary is well-connected by railway. There are fast connections, among others, to Vienna, Berlin, Prague and Munich, and to all the neighbouring countries.


The Hungarian motorway network provides comfortable connection to most of the neighbouring countries, including Austria, Slovenia, Slovakia and Romania.


Cover photography by Mark Martinko: Artificial Green No. 14