What is 4D Sound?
4DSOUND is a collective involved in exploring spatial sound as a medium. Founded in 2007 by composer Paul Oomen and technologists Poul Holleman, Luc van Weelden and Salvador Breed, the collective’s goal was to further the development of new processing software and control interfaces for experiencing sound spatially.
This means that this innovative system does not involve sound coming out of speakers, but rather sound appears in the space as a physical entity. Since then, it has developed an integrated hardware and software system that offers an omnidirectional sound environment.
Simultaneously, 2007 saw audio engineer Leo de Klerk publish his patented application for omnidirectional loudspeakers that enabled a person to produce phantom sound images independent from the place of the listener. Oomen and de Klerk have begun collaborating since 2010 on the development of the system.