Spatial Sound


has reached its deadline


We invite artists, researchers and technical developers from a variety of disciplines to apply for the Artist Residency Programme at the Spatial Sound Institute in Budapest, Hungary. We currently accept proposals for residencies taking place in the period 1st of January - 31st of December 2020.

Application Guidelines

The Artist Residency Programme seeks to engage projects that contribute to the development of an Ecology of Listening: bringing about deeper awareness of our internal and external environments by listening more attentively. Our aspiration with the programme is to establish sound spaces that manifest as a dimension in our societies - spaces where our deeper needs for expression and reflection are attended to and established privileges are challenged.

The programme prioritises innovative proposals that explore new ideas in sonic thinking and experiencing  - as well as the development of experimental methodologies and technologies that seek to bring new perspectives to the field of spatial sound.

Who Can Apply?

The Spatial Sound Institute welcomes applications by professionals from various disciplines that consider creation and research of sound vital to their personal development and professional practice. No prior experience of music production or work with spatial sound environments is strictly necessary.

The programme offers broad possibilities for participants at any stage in their artistic or scientific career – from established authors up to those at the beginning of a deeper personal exploration of sound, as well as students. Co-operation and peer-education among participants of various origins, backgrounds and interests is an important source of inspiration for participants and vital dimension of the Artist Residency Programme. Selection of proposals will be formed with compatibility of interests and backgrounds of participants taken into consideration.

We advise applicants to carefully consider their professional background and aspirations in the context of our key areas of study. A detailed description of each of these key areas can be found here:

What We Offer

The facilities of the Spatial Sound Institute include a large-scale spatial sound studio, project space and accommodation for up to ten artists at a time.

The programme offers dedicated time working with a 4DSOUND system in conjunction with various control, monitoring and measuring devices, including:

  • 60-channel omnidirectional speaker configuration and vibro-acoustic floor
  • 4DSOUND processing and control software
  • Various software and hardware control interfaces
  • Various audio equipment for digital and analogue production, performance and recording.

A complete list of the technical facilities at the Spatial Sound Institute can be found here ︎

Read more about the technical backgrounds to the 4DSOUND system and the variety of approaches to interface with the system here ︎

Participants of the programme will be trained on how to work with the system throughout the residency, including regular lectures and one-on-one mentoring sessions by expert users of the 4DSOUND system. The residency is designed for artists to work on their proposed project in individual studio sessions, while receiving ongoing technical support and regular scheduled guidance on creative development and evaluation.

The residency culminates in a presentation of the project outcomes, which can take several forms, including but not limited to live performance, interactive installation, sound sculpture or workshops - as well as a publication, prototype product, methodology, instrument, interface or software module. The programme is also open for proposals that involve a curatorial project. The desired and appropriate way of presentation is mutually agreed upon by the participant and the Spatial Sound Institute, and may be subject of change due to progressive insight during the residency process.

The Spatial Sound Institute documents and archives the working process and outcomes of the residency for publication throughout its public channels and offers public and professional communication about the work to international institutions, audiences and press.

During the residency, participants live and work at the Spatial Sound Institute, staying in comfortably furnished rooms with a shared living area. A collective daily lunch is provided as well as regular break-out opportunities into the city of Budapest.

More information on the Spatial Sound Institute and its surroundings can be found here ︎ 

Costs of the Artist Residency

The costs for the Artist Residency at the Spatial Sound Institute are 1500 EUR p/week. This includes:

  • 25 hours of access to the 4DSOUND studio
  • Ongoing technical support and regular artistic guidance
  • Accommodation and half-board, consisting of daily 2-course vegan lunch, basic groceries, spring water, coffee and tea

Residency Funding and Scholarship

Each participant selected for the Artist Residency Programme can apply for the Scholarship Programme of the Spatial Sound Institute.

A Scholarship provides for a maximum of 40% matching funding to cover the costs for studio, technical facilities, professional assistance, accommodation and board, communication and documentation of the residency.

The Scholarships require matching funding from other institutions or individually obtained support by the applicant. In conjunction to the Scholarship support, the Spatial Sound Institute can assist in mediating with other institutions, foundations and sponsors to match the required budget for the residency.

Artist residencies at the Spatial Sound Institute have been supported by diverse international institutions and organizations in the past, a complete list of funding partners can be found here ︎

How to Apply

To submit your application for the Artist Residency Programme, please send an email to containing the following information:

1. Overview of your project:
Include a description of your project. You may use up to 500 words and 6 images, 1 video and/or sound message.

2. Type of Residency:
Indicate the desired type of residency choosing from the following categories. You may select one or more categories for each strand.

2.1  What is the main purpose of your residency?
    • research
    • content creation
    • performance practice
    • education
    • technology and/or methodology development
    • design, simulation & prototyping
    • curation
    • other, namely...

2.2  What is the key area of study of your residency?
    • Sonic Architecture
    • Physiology and Psychology of Listening
    • Spatial Memetics
    • Human Space Interaction Design

2.3  What are the key developments within the chosen study (referring to your answer at 2.2) that you intend to explore during your residency?

3. Duration of the Residency:
Indicate the duration of the residency in months. Residencies can last from a minimum one month up to a maximum of one year.

4. Impact and Outcomes:
Include your insights into the impact and outcomes of your project. The envisioned outcomes should be aligned with the application guidelines and key areas of study. You may use up to 200 words for each strand.

4.1 How does your project contribute to the development of the Ecology of Listening? Indicate specifically how it contributes to the chosen key areas of study and development (referring to categories selected at 2.2 - 2.3).

4.2 What is the desired outcome of the project? What will be the impact of your work beyond the residency?

4.3 What technologies are you planning to use and/or develop as part of the residency?

4.4 How will the work be delivered publicly? What form(s) of presentation do you envision for the work?

4.5 How will the residency contribute to the development of your professional practice and research?

5. Feasibility and Requirements:

5.1 What is your level of proficiency and need for assistance?

Indicate to what extend you will require external support, knowledge or collaborators to realized the proposed project.

5.2 What technology and resources are required?

List all technologies, equipment and other resources required for your residency, indicate whether these are to be provided by the applicant or the Spatial Sound Institute.

5.3 Phasing for the development of the project

Provide a schedule for how you intend to progress with your work within the duration of the residency, and include milestones for the realisation of essential steps in this process.

6. Artist Biography:
Summarize your educational and professional background and relevant experience.

7. Reference Works:
Include up to 3 links or attached files containing documentation of previous works that specifically underline the proposed project. Only single examples of works are considered, links to webpages with collected works will not be taken into consideration.

Please send any file attachments over 2MB via

8. Preferred Residency Dates and Available Time Range:
Indicate the desired start and end dates for the residency. If possible include more than one optional period. You may apply for periods within January 1st - December 31st 2020.

9. Budget and Funding:

9.1 Provide an estimated budget for the residency, including a breakdown of the following categories:

    • residency costs (studio facilities, training and guidance, accommodation and board)
    • artist costs (fees, allowance and travel)
    • additional technical requirements (if not included in studio facilities of the Spatial Sound Institute)
    • additional personnel involvement (mentors and collaborators external from the Spatial Sound Institute)
    • additional documentation and presentation costs

9.2 Indicate your targeted funding resources.

The total funding must be matching the estimated costs for the residency. Include the desired support from the Spatial Sound Institute Scholarship in your funding estimation.

Application Deadline

Proposals for the Artist Residency Programme 2019 must be submitted by June 30th 2019  23:59PM Central European Time. Submissions delivered after this date and time will not be considered.

Selection Procedure

Submissions that are complete and eligible according to the Application Guidelines are reviewed by the Curatorial Board of the Spatial Sound Institute ︎

Contact us about the Programme

Please send us any questions or requests for assistance in an e-mail to

Working with 4DSOUND

Artists who have successfully applied will develop work using the 4DSOUND system, a fully omnidirectional sound environment that enables artists to both produce and perform vivid and richly detailed sonic environments through a range of interfaces and control systems.

"If creative sound can come from the surrounding world rather than only from a focused, tightly defined source defined by individual authors, then I think our conceptions of art might change in fundamental ways. Instead of assumptions where humans are essentially alone,  surrounded by inanimate void, the detailed and subtle space created by the 4DSOUND system implied a very different picture of the world. Voices and presences can be everywhere. Far from ‘alone’, I found myself inside a renewed kind of present world, surrounded and in a very curious way released and fulfilled.“

- Philip Beesley, Artist, Academic, Architect

Artists often come away from the process of developing and performing work on the 4DSOUND system with a new perspective on the relationship between space and sound. Many state that it has helped to redefine their awareness on space and how we live within it.

Among our past residents have been electronic music pioneers such as Biosphere, Murcof and Frank Bretschneider, multi-media artists such as Marco Donnarumma, Lisa Park and Mark Fell, as well as academics from various fields such as Prof. Slobodan Dan Paich (Visiting Professor of Anthropology-Cultural Studies Section, University of Medicine and Pharmacy Timişoara, Romania), Prof. Michelle Lewis-King (Associate Professor at Roy Ascott Technoetic Arts Studios, DeTao Masters Academy, Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts) and Csaba Hajnoczy (Moholy Nagy Arts University Budapest).

An overview of alumni contributors to the Artist Residency Programme can be found here ︎ 

For an outline of some of the artistic collaborations that have been formative to develop multiple directions within the emerging medium of spatial sound, read the retrospective by Paul Oomen, Founder of 4DSOUND and Head of Development at the Spatial Sound Institute, here ︎