You love the soundscape at your grandparents’ villa. If you’d want your friend to experience it, you’d sit them down for an evening to make them really understand it. Why? Because like all meaningful things, experiencing sound truly requires time and presence.
Now that immersive experiences abound everywhere, from VR gaming to contemporary art’s love of setting up socially engaging situations, sound seems particularly apt for the 360-degree experience. Not only do we need to be surrounded by sound waves in order to experience them – sound is conceptually made for our times. Sound blurs the lines between the listener and the receiver, the signal and the noise, the object and the subject, leaving us unsure whether old, tried and tested boxes and labels still make sense when we navigate towards the future.