Spatial Sound


The Spatial Sound Institute is a research centre for spatial sound technologies and practices which was based in Budapest, Hungary.

From October 2015 until May 2022, the Institute hosted a multidisciplinary programme that significantly contributed to cultivate spatial sound as a creative practice and an emerging area of study. During this period, the Institute was housed over 3 floors of the AQB arts complex in Budapest, on the banks of the river Danube.

The facility was centered around a large-scale omnidirectional sound system designed by 4DSOUND, custom-built into the renovated architecture of the warehouse. The 4DSOUND studio was used for artist residencies, educational workshops and regular public events

The Institute maintains an historical archive of spatial sound works created in 4DSOUND over the past decade, with projects, publications and media from over a hundred contributors in the fields of music, technology, architecture and arts.

The Spatial Sound Institute received generous support for its activities and programme by the following partners:

Ableton [DE]
Academy for Theatre and Digitality Dortmund [DE]
ArtShip Foundation [US]
Arts Council England [GB]
Australia Council [AU]
Austrian Cultural Forum [AT]
Bavarian State Opera [DE]
British Columbia Arts Council [CA]
Campus Hungary [HU]
Canada Council for the Arts [CA]
Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec [CA]
Central Saint Martins University [GB]
City of Karlsruhe – Cultural Office [DE]
Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec [CA]
Creative Europe [EU]
Creative Industries Fund [NL]
Creative Victoria [AU]
DPA Microphones [DK]
Danish Arts Foundation [DK]
Erasmus+ [EU]
Fondos Cultura, Ministerio de las Culturas, las Artes y el Patrimonio, Chile [CL]
Freundeskreis Heidelberger Frühling [DE]
Génération Baroque [DE]
German Federal Cultural Foundation [DE]
Google I/O [US]
Heidelberger Frühling [DE]
Inclusive Design Research Centre of Ireland [IE]
Institut Francais [FR]
Irish Research Council [IE]
Jan Van Eyck Academie Maastricht [NL]
Kitchen Budapest [HU]
Neuromorphic Computing Platform of Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg [DE]
Noitom [US]
Ocean Sounds [NO]
Performing Arts Fund [NL]
Pozyx [BE]
Red Bull Music [NL]
Rome University of Fine Arts [ROM]
Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg [DE]
Showroom of Contemporary Sound [CR]
Soundworks [US]
STEP Travel Grants [US]
Subpac [US]
The Composer Fund of RÚV and STEF [IS]
The Works Research Institute [NL]
UH Fest [HU]
University College Dublin [IE]
University of Sydney [AU]
ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe [DE]
Barjeel Art Foundation [UAE]