Multimedia artist and musician Christopher Willits recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for a new project called ENVELOP. The project is an extension of a collective of creators called Overlap based out of San Francisco of which Willits is a founder. He and a team of top-notch engineers have developed an open source 3D immersive sound space and platform that incorporates both software and hardware.
ENVELOP includes a next-generation 28.4 speaker audiovisual system that features a number of monolithic columns and bass bins to move sound in space around the audience from all directions. This goes way above and beyond surround sound. The system can produce sounds coming from above, below, in front of, behind, and completely around an audience. A video projection system and LED lights embedded within the speaker columns can be controlled in unison with audio to build synchronized audio/visual compositions.
The initial ENVELOP installation will be a 75-person capacity room inside a new San Francisco entertainment complex called The Midway. The Midway will feature a 3000-person DJ venue, a show kitchen with stadium seating for cooking classes, and the ENVELOP installation. With it’s correlating open source software, multimedia artists from around the globe will be able to participate. There are even plans to test the immersive sonic experiences for therapeutic and scientific studies as well.
The project has received donations to pay for the system equipment and a 3 year lease in The Midway. The Kickstarter is to fill a gap in the funding needed to complete the final build out. There are a number of various donation amounts all with really cool rewards for backers of the project including some amazing private events with performances from Tycho, Christopher Willits, BlackbirdBlackbird, and Rob Garza from Thievery Corporation. Be sure to check out the Kickstarter page and donate if you’d like to see this thing come to life.