"How do we listen to music? Indeed, how do we listen to anything?"
is how the essay "Auditory Bliss" by the Norwegian author Erik Fosnes Hansen begins. And indeed, our concept of how to listen to music is about to change! Soon the Norwegian record company 2L (the Nordic Sound) will release a blue-ray disc that will include tracks with sound available in 3D!
Apparently the upcoming 3D record by TrondheimSolistene (the Trondheim Soloists), called "Souvenir", is the first of its kind in the world. It will include "Serenade" by Tchaikovsky and "Suite opus 1" by Carl Nielsen. Not all of the tracks on the disc are in 3D, but I guess what the question really is:
"How do you listen to 3D sound at home?".
Well the answer is quite simple, you cant (at least yet)! 3D sound means that there are 4 speakers hanging over the 5 other in normal 5.1 surround (see picture above), thats why its called 9.1 surround. At the moment cinemas around the globe is testing 3D sound delivered by 2 companies, the Belgian Galaxy Studios (Auro-3D) and the American Dolby (Dolby Atmos). "Souvenir" will be playable with both systems even its only recorded in Auro-3D.
For soundgeeks the full format of the Auro-3D sound is called - Auro-3D 96kHz/24 bit 9.1...
enjoy something totally different today! <3