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New mindfulness app is utilising spatial audio to provide “immersive” experience

"You’re listening from the app on regular headphones, but you feel completely immersed in the space”

  • Becky Buckle
  • 12 February 2022
New mindfulness app is utilising spatial audio to provide “immersive” experience

The Soundworks app with Spatial Sound Institute developed technology has been built to provide 64-channel spatialized audio meditative works and courses for users.

Created from the partnership of Soundworks and the Spatial Sound Institute the app is set to explore how to elevate how users listen by revitalising wellbeing with a mindful sonic experience.

The pieces of audio were initially made and recorded in fully spatialized audio and meant to be performed on a 64-channel 4DSOUND system, but the partnership has meant that the work has been converted into a stereo ambisonic format.

Audio included on the app has been composed by sound artists Daniela Gentile and Edo Van Breemen.

“We wanted to provide a spatial experience that has an aesthetic take but is also functional for meditation”, says Paul Oomen, the director of the SSI and founder of 4DSOUND.

“It’s an incredible experience to meditate on these pieces”, says Quentin Notte, Soundworks’ founder. “You’re listening from the app on regular headphones, but you feel completely immersed in the space”.

The features will be available on the app from February 17 accompanied with a conversation with Paul, Daniela, and Edo, covering the technology behind spatialized audio.

Download the Soundworks app here.

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