How can someone effectively fill all of the space in a room with music? This question has plagued 4DSound founder Paul Ooden for years, and it has inspired him to create one of the greatest developments in music technology of the last 100 years.
As stated on the 4DSOUND website: “4DSOUND enables you to walk through space and experience sound from all directions... Sounds move around, above, beneath and in-between the listeners. Led by your ears, you’re encouraged to explore the space. You can move between blocks of sound, touch lines of sound, and walk through walls of sound.”
Complete with 48 speakers, 9 sub-speakers, and 57 channels, artists can utilize all of its components solely by their Ableton setup used during their live show. From there, the system translates music into sonic images. As seen in the video, the performance uses a set of tools including devices in Ableton Live, a live 3D graphic visualizer, and an iPad interface that was developed to provide alternative system control. With so many options available for programming and dynamics, 4DSound is designed powerfully enough for the artist to move the sound without interfering too heavily with their performance.
To get a better understanding in what 4DSound is, the video below gives a first hand look at a live performance by Stimming using the speakersystem, along with a brief interview with its founder on the idea behind it all.