Final Call for Proposals: Artist Residency Programme at the Spatial Sounds Institute

4DSOUND invites 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.


For the past ten years, 4DSOUND has been developing and investigating new ways to create, perform and experience sound spatially. This has led to the development of an omnidirectional sound environment where you can experience sounds moving around, above, beneath, in between or through the listeners, disappearing into far spatial distances or coming intimately close to the body. An experience of sound seemingly independent from the physical borders of the space one is in, or the presence and place of actual loudspeakers in the room.

In the present, spatial sound is making its way into the common consciousness, as our media are moving towards representation of 3-dimensional spaces, using virtual reality, augmented reality or 360-video technologies. But beyond the fact that we can represent sound spatially ever more accurately with our evolving technologies, why is this important? What is spatial sound about, beyond a reproduction of the reality that surrounds us already? Spatial sound tells us something essential about how we relate as human beings to our environment. It also tells us something essential about the working of our systems of perception and consciousness. Spatiality of sound is among the finest and most subtle levels of information we are able to perceive. Both powerful and vulnerable, we can be completely immersed in it, it can evoke entirely new worlds of experience and insight.


The programme seeks to engage projects that contribute to developing a new Ecology of Listening – improving the quality of our listening environments to enhance our mental and physical state of being. The programme stimulates the development of new technologies and methodologies to produce sound spatially, new forms of content and presentation that enhance our ability to listen and further research in our understanding of, and relationship with, listening.

Application and Submission

Applications for the Artist Residency Programme 2018 should successfully demonstrate a fundamental contribution to one or more of the following key areas of exploration:

  • new insights into and knowledge of sound and listening
  • new technologies or methodologies that enhance creation, control, experience and distribution of spatial sound
  • new forms of sound content and aesthetics
  • new and original forms of spatial presentation and experience of sound
  • design of real and imaginary listening environments
  • development of a sustainable artistic or educational practice with spatial sound

Closing date for applications: 01 October 2017

Submissions for residencies may take place in the period January 1st – December 31st 2018.

Proposals may run from one month up to one year – depending on the scope of the proposed project and available funding.

Who can apply? – Professionals from various disciplines that consider themselves dedicated creators and/or researchers of sound. No prior experience of music production or work with spatial sound environments is strictly necessary.

Costs: The costs for the Artist Residency at the Spatial Sound Institute are 1250 EUR/week.