For the 4th edition of its festival, Showroom of Contemporary Sound in Zagreb hosts a special programme in collaboration with 4DSOUND at the Spatial Sound Institute in Budapest.
The Spatial Sound Institute is a new centre for research and development in the fields of spatial sound and immersive sonic environments. The Institute has been established by 4DSOUND, a collective that has been pushing the boundaries of spatial sound technology since 2008. 4DSOUND has developed a fully omnidirectional sound environment where sound can move infinitely distant or intimately close: it moves around, as well as above, beneath, in between or right through the listener.
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.
Commissioned by Showroom of Contemporary Sound, 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.
Gábor 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 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.
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.
In order to visit Spatial Sound Institute in Budapest we have organized bus from Zagreb to Budapest. To travel with us you have to participate in travel costs with the amount of 100,00kn. You can buy tickets at Theatre &TD’s box office (phone: +385 1 4593510), Student Centre, address: Savska cesta 25, 10 000 Zagreb, from 11am-1 pm, in the evening hours according to schedule: April 28th ( Thursday) from 7.30-9.30 pm and every night during the festival: from 7 -10,30pm.
The departure is set for 8th of May at 9am from Student centre (Savska 25), and planned return to Zagreb is around 10pm the same day.
No additional entrance fee.
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No additional entrance fee.