Sonic Spatialization

Total surrounding of sound is achieved by the Klangdom, developed by the Hertz-Lab of the ZKM since 2003. Immersive sound places the audience inside an environment, being part of it instead of observing the sounding object. Complexity is possible to an extend never before.

Klangdom des ZKM | Hertz-Labs (2017-06-01) by © ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medien Karlsruhe, Foto: Fidelis FuchsZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe

The Klangdom

Inside the blue cube of the ZKM, the Hertz-Lab works with a 49.4 speaker environment performing productions, recordings, installations and concerts. The Klangdom was conceptualised as an idea of Ludger Brümmer with the team of the Institute for Music and Acoustics in 2003. 

White Circle, Raster-Noton, ZKM | Kubus, © ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medien Karlsruhe, Foto: Béla Bender, 2016-05-22, From the collection of: ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe
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"raster-noton.white circle", an audiovisual installation, alva noto, byetone, Frank Bretschneider, Kangding Ray, 2016-03-11/2016-03-13, From the collection of: ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe
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"No Body lives here (ODO)", a Live-Performance, Chris Ziegler, 2020, From the collection of: ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe
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Audiovisual installation ODO by Chris Ziegler

Not only musical works are created for a presentation inside the Klangdom. As well many theatrical works use this immersive sound environment. Here it is an artwork including movable LEDs remotely controlled to add a visual dimension to the acoustic immersion.

Klangdom Installation with 23 speakers and 2 subwoofers (2015-08-05) by ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medien Karlsruhe, Foto: Kerstin BehrendtZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe

Glasharp, excerpt
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Klangdom installation with 23 speakers

The Klangdom is quite a versatile installation with different numbers of speakers, here installed in the Hamburger Kunstverein. Works by H. Herndon, M. Dryhurst,  L. Brümmer, O Karamanlis, V. Murat, M. Richter und A. Schubert were presented. You hear Glasharfe by L. Brümmer

Klangdom in front of Chroma Lux (2010-01-16) by ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Foto: Dorte BeckerZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe

"Cellularium", an audiovisual piece for Klangdom and light (multichannel HRTF version)
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Klangdom in front of Chroma Lux

Chromalux, large light sculpture created by rosalie was installed in front of the Klangdom and premiered with the composition Cellularium. Both were created using a specific score and dramatic layout.

"CELLULARIUM" and "Chroma-Lux", rosalie, Ludger Brümmer, 2009-10-10, From the collection of: ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe
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Cellularium & Chroma Lux immersive composition in two dimensions

In this work two immersive experiences are combined with each other. The roughly 30 by 12 meter light sculpture Chroma-Lux created by rosalie was combined with a 24 channel Klangdom installed in front of it. The musical composition Cellularium by Ludger Brümmer was composed simultaneously with the visual score displayed through Chroma Lux. Both works were played simultaneously synchronised by time code.

Zirkonium Screenshot (2020-08-03) by Ludger BrümmerZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe

Zirkonium

A software to control multiple channels within arrays of speakers, developed at a time where no other tool like this existed. It is the aim of the ZKM | Hertz-Lab to foster creativity in new technological  areas and to enable artists to conquer new fields.

"Zirkonium", a Hands-On Demonstration, ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, 2018-12-08, From the collection of: ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe
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Introduction into Zirkonium by Dan Wilcox

With the software Zirkonium it is possible for everyone to create an immersive experience for the audience. Complex paths of multiple sound can be drawn or controlled in realtime. Algorithmic methods can be used to create iterations of paths. Or a numeric definition of movements can be performed

SpeakerSetup for a 43 channel environment, Ludger Brümmer, 2020-08-03, From the collection of: ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe
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The speaker setups creates the link between the movements of the sound inside the computer and the physical installation of speakers. Each speaker is defined by its position and from this information the computer is able to calculate the amplitude value of each sound and movement in order create the impression of a or several moving sounds.

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