The Morning Breaks Into The Nightby Akkamiau
This show was 11th in the global experimental ambient chart and 51st in the global minimal chart.
positions in space & time / reminiscence of 4DSOUND experience
In past months luck brought me to visit and later as well to participate on HackLab workshop in very special spatial sound environment. 4DSOUND system is unique multifunctional space, created by Netherlands company 4DSOUND, collective of artists and developers. In Amsterdam or previously in Berlin (at Atonal festival) we experienced live music performances by artists as Max Cooper, Frank Bretschneider, Robert Lippok with Peter Kirn, Vladislav Delay or Murcof. Their shows had prominent impact on my personal perception of elements of audio in space.
This new approach of distribution of sound and noises in the space urges you to look for a new manner of listening, paying completely different attention to what is happening on this air vibration level around you. It stirs the imagination not only from the position of audience, taking you more deeply into music set up, allowing you to interact in a way that you create your very own personal mix as one is free to move around the place with distributed music. The imagination runs full speed on how you could work with sounds and music compositions, visions how to create invisible geometric shapes or paths for sound sources and waves. Obscurity of sound here acquires characteristics of matter. Those hours of swimming in 4DSOUND pool, twisting my head over, from in out and back, I consider as a main inspiration for the selection of this likely ambient wavy mix.
The intent for listener experience is very close ideal perception of the sound in our natural surrounding, where sound encloses us, arriving to our ears and entering our bodies from all different positions, with reverbed breaks and reflexed delays, as we move along.
Sounds in 4DSOUND studio are separately placed within the 3 dimensional grid created of vertical columns, each with omni speakers, arranged on three levels of height (bottom, middle, top) and under elevated platform supported with hidden subwoofers, facing the ground. Further this settings makes the floor material works towards the final effect. Same applies with architecture of buildings where this sound studio is built. Music might be produced live on hardware instruments or software, connected or imported to Ableton Live project with programmed patches. Datas are sent into the engine transforming them into output depicted in 3D model. Sounds can be placed into this dimensional system by written values, manipulated by controllers, touchpad apps or preprogrammed values. Patches allow to set their characters and shapes, as well as their movement inside or outside of defined space. The action of speed motion in time and space is encountered as the fourth level of this three dimensional installation. For detailed technical description I recommend to go through their website www.4dsound.net
As this mixture of sound works is wandering around the behavior of vibrations in the spatial environment perceived on the linear time axis, it would be great, hopefully some time in a near future, to hear at least some of the artists included in this mix in that splendid place. I wish we could meet there enjoy to listen.