Spatial Sound Institute

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Founded 2015
Budapest, Hungary


The Spatial Sound Institute is a research and development centre for spatial sound technologies and practices based in Budapest, Hungary. Since its opening in October 2015, the Institute has hosted a multidisciplinary programme cultivating spatial sound as an emerging area of study. Housed over 3 floors of the AQB arts complex on the banks of the river Danube, the facility is centred around a large-scale 4DSOUND studio used for artist residencies, educational workshops and regular public events. The Institute also maintains an historical archive of works created in 4DSOUND over the past decade, with projects and publications from over a hundred contributors in the fields of music, technology, architecture and media arts.

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The Spatial Sound Institute is housed inside the interdisciplinary arts complex Art Quarter Budapest, a 6-story reclaimed warehouse overlooking the Danube. Participants of our programmes can use the buildings and public spaces across the entire AQB complex, including project spaces and a roof terrace. The Institute is located in the area of Budafok, an old wine-producing region in southern Budapest. The banks of the river Danube can be reached from the Complex within a 5-minute walk. The former brewery built in 1860 in the area of Budafok was revitalised ten years ago as an interdisciplinary art & research centre hosting studios and residencies. The large AQB properties near the river Danube provide a unique setting to the Artist Residency programme. They create an atmosphere in which artists can concentrate on their own work, while they can also integrate into Budapest’s lively contemporary art scene.

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