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The Potential of Spatial Sound

In the sixth episode of our Conversations series, we spoke with Paul Oomen, Daniela Gentile, and Edo van Breemen. With Paul, we discuss his ideas on the fundamental importance of listening, his interest in technology as a means of reproducing and manipulating phenomena, the genesis of 4DSOUND, the foundation of the Spatial Sound Institute, artist interventions that have in his opinion pushed the medium of spatial sound in new directions, and the research initiatives he is spearheading at the Works. In the following conversation with Daniela and Edo, we discuss the origins of their interest in spatial sound, their experience working with the 4DSOUND studio, their creative process around the pieces we are presenting in Soundworks, and, more.
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Thresholds of Perception

Thresholds of Perception is an experimental listening course that draws on Rrose’s intensive study of musical theory and the effects of acoustic phenomena on the mind of the listener. Each session explores a specific auditory phenomenon, conveyed through Rrose’s singular sound aesthetic, but stripped to the bare essentials. By revealing the limits between perceivable acoustic forms ─ the frequency at which the perception of rhythm becomes one of tone, as an example ─ the listener gains a direct experience of their own auditory cognition at work, and a glimpse into the liminal states of awareness that reside between the perceivable and the imaginable.
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Hear Better, Feel Better

In the third of our Conversations series, we spoke with Robyn Landau and Katherine Templar-Lewis of Kinda Studios. We discuss why cross-disciplinary thinking sheds new, evidence-based insights on how art and creativity affect us, and how this can be applied to foster deeper sense of personal meaning and social and environmental connection, as well as improving the efficacy of health interventions and the power of the art and entertainment we enjoy.
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Harmonic Life

In this 7-day course, composer, conductor and former music director of Shakespeare Globe Theatre Bill Barclay takes us on a journey through the very nature of sound and music. Bill explores the identity between rhythm and pitch, the simple mathematical ratios underpinning any sound in nature and finds traces of the harmonic series in places you would never have guessed to look. Drawing from mathematics, physics, astronomy, mythology and musicology, Bill demonstrates the elegant and profound connections between our emotional response to music and the fundamental laws of the universe.
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Cosmic Reflections

In this course, astrophysicist Alberto Pepe takes us on a contemplative exploration of the cosmos. Taking off from Earth, our minuscule spaceship brimming with life, he takes us to the Sun, across our solar system, and the confines of space and time. The purpose of his course is to help us gain a cosmic perspective, to contemplate the smallness and fragility of our lives in front of the grandiosity and scale of the universe.