After launching an intensive six-week programme earlier this year at ZKM in Karlsruhe, 4DSOUND now presents the next edition of Points on the Curve - including a conference and concert in collaboration with the Electronic Music Media Programme of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest. Founded in 1875 by Franz Liszt, the piano virtuoso, composer, conductor, teacher, author and philanthropist, the Academy has been the most prestigious music university operating in Hungary.

An important development in the history of the Academy was the establishment of the Electronic Music Media Programme in 2011. The programme allows study of the history, techniques, applications and programming languages of electroacoustic and computer music, including research in sound synthesis, sound processing, interactive music and spatialisation. 

Drawn from the title of Luciano Berio’s composition ‘Points on the curve to find…’ (1974), we explore the evolution of music, or organised sound, as a spectrum of creative forms. Throughout musical history, beliefs and ideas about space have shaped our understanding of the nature of sound, influencing the aesthetics of music and artistic parameters for sonic expression. Within the exploration of spatial sound as a medium, 4DSOUND represents a specific point of development, offering up new avenues in ways of expression and levels of awareness. The event is co-curated by Paul Oomen (4DSOUND) and Andrea Szigetvári (LFZE-EZMM).

On Wednesday June 8th, the conference Points on the Curve: Past, Present and Future of Spatial Music provides critical reflection and discussion on spatial sound as an emerging medium. A range of short lectures by composers, sound designers and musicologists will address key questions on the development of spatial sound as a medium: what is the lineage of the sonic exploration of space? What are the driving ideas and movements around sound and space that have shaped our present musical topography? What might spatial sound and immersive technologies open up for the future of sound exploration and new musical forms? The conference programme will culminate in a open-ended public discussion on the presented topics. 

More information on the conference here.

The conference is followed by 4DSOUND: Points on the Curve on Thursday June 9th, a concert presenting a new generation of sonic creators that we expect will influence the musical landscape of tomorrow. Five freshly created works, developed during the recent Artist Residency programmes hosted by 4DSOUND with ZKM Karlsruhe and Electronic Music Media Programme of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, open a perspective on new musical forms and expressions using emerging spatial sound tools and technologies. 

More information on the concert here.

Event of the Liszt Ferenc Acadamy of Music here 

Wednesday 8th June 14:00 - 19:00

Points on the Curve: Past, Present and Future of Spatial Music

  • 14.00-14.30 | Balázs Horváth - Historical examples of spatial music
  • 14.30-15.00 | Laczkó Bálint - About Streams
  • 15.00-15.30 | Szakál Farkas Soma - Space-motion as a basis for sound creation and composition regarding the piece Kinetics
  • 15.30-16.00 | Krasz Ádám - Building sound: structures in music and sound art after World War II
  •  - break -
  • 16.30-17.00 | Alyssa Moxley - Sympathetic Resonance: reciprocity between body and space through listening
  • 17.00-17.30 | Koenraad Ecker - Using spatialization and distortion of scale as narrative devices in sound composition
  • 17.30-18.00 | Paul Oomen - Altered Consciousness: from space to hyper-space
  • 18.00-19.00 | open discussion


Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music: Room XXIII. 3rd floor. Liszt Ferenc tér 8, 1062, Budapest (map)

Entrance: free

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Thursday 9th June 19:30 - 23:00

4DSOUND: Points on the Curve

  • 19.30 Krasz Ádám - Strukturen                                                                                       
  • - break -
  • 20:30 Bálint  Laczkó - Streams  
  • 20:50 Koenraad Ecker - '…And a spark lit the blaze'
  • - break -
  • 21:45 Szakál Farkas Soma - Kinetics                                                                                 
  • 22.00 Alyssa Moxley - Living Memory
  • 23:00 end


Spatial Sound Institute, Nagytétényi út 48-50, 1222, Budapest (map)

Tickets available here.

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