Paul Oomen NL

CESSE Conference / Papers / 4dSound / The Ecology of Listening
lecture and demonstration of the 4dSound system by Paul Oomen

Paul Oomen, born 1983 in Amsterdam, is a composer, curator and technologist. From an early age on he gathered extensive experience in theatre as an actor and director, and as a musician skilled in percussion, piano and singing. Oomen holds a BA and MA with Honours in Music Composition from the Conservatory of Amsterdam and Universität der Künste Berlin. He specialised himself initially as a composer of music for theatre and opera, before he turned to work exclusively on the investigation of space, sound and perception within the context of 4DSOUND.

Paul Oomen is Founder of 4DSOUND, and was its Creative Director from the start in 2007 until 2014. He has led over seventy spatial sound projects to date, working with numerous internationally acclaimed artists and festivals and continuously propagating new forms of experiencing sound, such as sound exhibitions, immersive sonic meditation, participative sound theatre or collective sonic sleep-ins. His curatorial explores spatial sound as a medium with significant impact on a variety of fields in society, such as music and performing arts, architecture and public space, consciousness studies and augmented and virtual reality. (Source:

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