From the very beginning, ideas about space, spatiality, and concepts around perception and awareness have been central to the development of 4DSOUND – as a technology, as an artistic medium, and as a set of principles for exploring the nature of sound in new ways.
Sound is not only a medium through which we perceive the nature of space, but also a direct way of expressing our ideas, feelings and state within, and through, space. It could even be argued that "sound" is "space" and vice versa at the very least, we suggest they inform each other at a fundamental level.
4DSOUND’s creative director John Connell will discuss the collective’s plans to explore this topic through a hypothesis: that spatial sound represents a key evolutionary step, with the potential to influence a range of areas spanning new opportunities for artistic expression, to heightened awareness and even cognitive development.
John Connell is a sound designer, meditation teacher and creative director of 4DSOUND, a laboratory for spatial sound and music performances in Berlin and Amsterdam. His work is primarily centred around sound and consciousness practices. He regularly teaches meditation and sound workshops exploring space and perception and performs at music events, building tones, textures and fragments of melodies into hypnotic composite soundscapes.