For the 4th edition of its annual festival, on May 8th 2016 Showroom of Contemporary Sound Zagreb hosts a special programme in collaboration with 4DSOUND at the Spatial Sound Institute in Budapest.

Showroom of Contemporary Sound is annual spring gathering in Zagreb dedicated to exploration, process and development with an international community of musicians, musical explorers, sound artists, composers and performers. The Showroom encourages collaborations and dialogue between artists, transgressing limits between genres, encouraging creativity, stimulating a critical but open approach that tends to appreciate differences and searching for new understandings and sound experiences. The festival organises a special one-day trip for its audience and professional community from Zagreb to visit the Spatial Sound Institute in Budapest and witness a curated programme including a new live shows, sound sculptures and a lecture in 4DSOUND.

 Iannis Xenakis

As one of the highlights of the programme features the presentation of Persepolis (1971) by Iannis Xenakis, in a new spatial interpretation for 4DSOUND by French composer and multimedia artist Eric Raynaud a.k.a. Fraction. Xenakis’s original setting of Persepolis for the castle of Darius in Iran took the listeners on a journey along different rooms of the castle. Xenakis wanted to literally ‘fill’ the spaces with sound, overwhelm the listeners in a sounding ritual where one would lose conscious perception of time and space. Raynaud works as a sculptor with the sounds, experiments with rhythm deconstruction, timbral chaos and apparent disorder, exploring state-of-the-art spatial sound techniques to bring out the animality and brutal immersion of the original work.

 Eric Raynaud a.k.a. Fraction. Image: Elise Boularan

Commissioned by the Showroom, Croatian multimedia artist Davor Sanvincenti premieres a new work created during a 3-week residency at the Spatial Sound Institute. Sanvincenti is interested in the field of audiovisual phenomenology, particularly focused on the conditions and forms of human senses . He plays with the concept of illusion, exploring the possible boundaries of perception and the construction of experience. 

 Gabor Lazar

Gabor Lázár is a composer and performer of electronic music from Budapest that has caught the attention of international press and audiences the past years, with his singular and abstract approach to sound. Lázár’s work Omnidirectional Synthesis establishes a close connection between pure sound synthesis and our perception of space.

 Judit Emese Konopas. image: Fabian Fratzscher

Judit Emese Konopás got in touch with the meaning of space during her studies as an architect. Her further interests widely spreads into the conceptual connections between different genres such as architecture, art, music, photography and contemporary dance. In her recent work Earnest Endeavour, created during her recent residency at the Spatial Sound Institute, she collects, connects and layers shreds of memory captured in sound, allowing them to form a new spatial identity. While moving through them, we are invited to discover those spaces that are hidden within the sounds themselves.

 Paul Oomen. Image: Nienke Berghuis

In 2013, composer and 4DSOUND founder Paul Oomen created a series of spatial reinterpretations of classical compositions with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. The work Pathetique transforms the rich orchestral sound palette of Tchaikovsky’s 6th Symphony into an organically evolving, generative sound landscape. 

As a preparation to the programme, Oomen will give an introductory lecture about the 4DSOUND system, the internal workings of space and sound, and the importance of spatial listening in our everyday perceptions and interactions.

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