“It’s difficult to explain the effect in words, but when used properly, it allows artists to create a rich, constantly moving and evolving piece that not only sounds amazing, but also comes much closer to what sounds are like in the real world.”
— XLR8R
…the thought of what the world is going to be like in just five years, let alone a decade, induces pure vertigo… I can pin this sensation down to the exact moment in October that I stood among the pillars of Paul Oomen’s 4DSOUND system and put on an Oculus Rift visor, which transformed the room into a Baroque Palace, while my feet disappeared beneath me. Vertigo on so many levels.
— The Wire
The [4DSOUND] system is going to change music as much as the birth of amplification.
— FACT Magazine
 

 

 

FEATURES

Fast Company interviews artist Max Cooper about his work with 4DSOUND

Create Digital Music on 4DSOUND’s spatial sound hack lab and the emerging development of spatial sound as a medium

The Creators Project on artist Max Cooper’s work with the 4DSOUND system

Thump/VICE on 4DSOUND and the opening of the Spatial Sound Institute

The Spaces on the architectural design of the Spatial Sound Institute at Art Quarter Budapest

Thump/VICE interviews artist Martin Stimming about his 4DSOUND live show

Interview with 4DSOUND founder Paul Oomen on 4DSOUND and the Spatial Sound Institute

Resident Advisor in conversation with 4DSOUND’s founder Paul Oomen, on the history of 4DSOUND and the close relationships with artists that have been involved in its development

Interview with visual artist Florence To on her work Noqturnl, a collective dream experience in 4DSOUND

Create Digital Music on the 4DSOUND System and Artist-Residency programme

Techcabal explains 4DSOUND in the development from stereo to fully immersive spatial sound

Feature by Sennheiser on 4DSOUND

 

MEDIA

2 videos by Ableton on the idea, history and practice of 4DSOUND, including artist Martin Stimming preparing his 4DSOUND live show

German/French TV channel ARTE broadcast on 4DSOUND for their culture program :Tracks

Deutsche Welle broadcast on 4DSOUND for their weekly Science & Technology program, ‘Spectrum’ 

4DSOUND: Circadian programme featured at TodaysArt 2015

Interview by Wave Radio Czech with Paul Oomen on 4DSOUND and the Spatial Sound Institute

Hirado TV broadcast on the Spatial Sound Institute in Budapest

Hungarian TV broadcast on the 4DSOUND’s retrospective exhibition, the opening of the Spatial Sound Institute in Budapest

5 minute documentary of Lisa Park’s performance NUE in 4DSOUND

12-minute documentary by FIBER Festival on 4DSOUND’s spatial sound hack lab at ADE Sound Academy, Oct 2014

Lecture on 4DSOUND by Paul Oomen featured at FIBER: Coded Matters

Binaural exclusive mix of Max Cooper’s 4DSOUND show for Dezeen

5-minute documentary by Red Bull Music Academy on the collaboration between artist Lucy, yogi Amanda Morelli and 4DSOUND

Artist Max Cooper explaining 4DSOUND to DJ Tech Tools

1-hour documentary on Nikola, a 5-hour opera in 4DSOUND by composer Paul Oomen

 

REVIEWS

'Landscapes, sequences, experiences ... The sound blends with your own essence in some other still unknown dimension, where there are no limits of thought and that, for now, is relegated to the world of dreams.'

Under Magazine

 

'Some of Oscar's tracks... seemed to unravel themselves almost organically, as the kicks and hi-hats fluttered through the room, hitting you at various different heights and angles.' 

Resident Advisor

 

'Because of the omnidirectional speakers of the 4DSOUND system, it feels as if you can almost touch the sound.'

De Volkskrant

 

'the [4DSOUND] system is going to change music as much as the birth of amplification.'

Fact

 

'It’s difficult to explain the effect in words, but when used properly, it allows artists to create a rich, constantly moving and evolving piece that not only sounds amazing, but also comes much closer to what sounds are like in the real world.'

XLR8R

 

'The power of the [4DSOUND] system is that it transform the perception of sound into a physical experience: you feel the sound around you and you literally walk right through it …sound embraces you from all directions …sound is not only full or thin, but you can localize it and almost touch it …The way you experience sound becomes more personal and individual, dependent on where you are in the space.'

DJ Mag

 

'The way the audience listened, with such pure focus, is rarely seen these days and got me thinking about what 4DSOUND does to the listening experience. The freedom to walk around, feel the resonating pillars, sit on the ground, doesn’t distract one from the listening experience, but rather keeps the audience focused in some way… could this be the future of active listening in a concert setting?'

Everyday Listening

 

'The music danced around us instead of us dancing on it …many people sat down on the ground with their eyes closed, the performance became almost meditation …when the performance was finally finished, the crowd shook awake as from a dream, not fully believing of what they had just experienced.'

DJ Mag

 

'The only thing one wanted, was to crawl into the sounds.'

Gonzo

 

'A unique, dizzying sonic trip.'

3voor12

 

'It’s like you’re in another dimension, somewhere far away from earth.'

Exqlusiv

 

'Surrounding the 4D sphere in a circulating microcosm of three-dimensional panning effects …Biosphere’s set of soft sound design gave the cold and concrete space the synthesised experience of lush flora and warm al frescos …art imitated life.'

Juno Plus

 

'…the thought of what the world is going to be like in just five years, let alone a decade, induces pure vertigo… I can pin this sensation down to the exact moment in October that I stood among the pillars of Paul Oomen’s 4DSOUND system and put on an Oculus Rift visor, which transformed the room into a Baroque Palace, while my feet disappeared beneath me. Vertigo on so many levels.'

The Wire 

 

'From left to right, and up and down, I feel the power of the sound system. The humming becomes percussive and starts to turn around my head – and, for a moment, I actually starting ‘seeing’ the sound.'

Thump / VICE

 

'Body Echoes… is an experience that becomes increasingly intense with closed eyes and makes you forget about the concrete space you’re in… surrounded by 200 other people that hopefully experience the same blissfulness of sound.'

Gonzo

 

'A surreal and individualistic experience… In effect you can have a wave of sound bombard the audience, or have discrete elements of the song, such as harmonies or melodies hidden in corners of the dancefloor, and dancing around the space. This led to a realisation that everyone on the floor was listening to a different composition of sounds…'

365Mag

 

'A unique sound experience… the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra with the sounds of Secret Cinema and the 4DSOUND System was an exciting combination.'

HouseCult

 

'4DSOUND is to surround sound what surround sound is to a wind-up phonograph, a development in sound art and music as transformative as the shift from black & white to colour.'

The Arts Desk

 

'Spherical music is suited for a system like this, but it performs equally exceptional with club music as it is more intense than on a normal PA system. In fact, the music gets so close at times that we even felt a bit scary; there’s no possible escape from the sound.'

HouseCult

 

'A new sound rig that will change the way we interact with music forever.'

DJ Broadcast

 

'One of the best moments of ADE 2012.'

URB

 

'Breathtaking! Sound does not come from somewhere, but the sound is from beneath to above; in circles, and as a flock of birds through the sky. The enjoyment is amazing.'

Gonzo

 

'A revolutionary design… A unique listening experience… It can offer extraordinary new possibilities for composers – from classical to techno – to make their music sound in space.'

AV&Entertainment

 

'The 4DSOUND installation offered a new sonic experience. The sixteen speaker columns in the entry of the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ immersed the audience from up, down, and around with electronic music…'

De Volkskrant

 

'With the 4D system, sound has the possibility to travel within the spatial spectrum. You approach the experience of a natural surrounding of sound that’s always present. In ten years time, this system will be used worldwide in clubs and cinemas. The whole thing becomes much more interesting. The possibilities are endless.'

3voor12