Tuesday, May 23, 14:45 — 15:45 (Salon 7 Vienna)
Cristian Stefanescu (Chair), Alex Koller (Panelist)
Probably the first musical album mixed and presented to the audience in a Dolby Atmos-equipped cinema hall. A listening session without any accompanying visuals, images or lights. Music has become a soundtrack to mundane daily activities and it lost its place as an art form and a form of reflection, of enjoyment or of entertainment. Listeners do not care too much about the quality of the sound and we definitely lost the idea of listening. Friends meeting around a turntable, excitedly getting out a record and playing it back is a thing of the past. I've challenged my audience to forget about their smart phones for 50 minutes, forget about drinks and conversations and enjoy the music in an immersive, emotional way.