At a time when millions of people remain stuck at home amid a strict social distancing lockdown, we’re forced to explore new means of entertainment.
With live music nothing but a distant memory, a new online phenomenon is sweeping the world of music as ‘8D audio’ offers a completely unique take on the sonic experience. Shifting the sound from left to right and back again, 8D music allows the listening to submerge themselves deeper into the sound of the material.
While the craze began with a universally shared WhatsApp message, which came with an accompanying house music track, has now transcended into a wide-ranging online movement with numerous iconic songs from the past being brought forward into the present. “Listen to this song with headphones (put on the 2 headphones). It is the new music of the Pentatonix, composed with 8D technology. Listen to it only with headphones,” the original message advised.
The technology, on a physiological level, attempts to tap into a sensation of hearing a binaural recording. “It will be the first time that you will listen to that song with your brain and not with your ears,” the message continues. “You will feel the music from outside and not from the headphones. Feel the effects of this new technology.”
One such song to be given the modern treatment, one song so synonymous with contemporary music, is David Bowie’s 1977 hit ‘Heroes’.
The hit transcends a genre, musical penchant or, indeed, politics. The only song capable of breaking down the Berlin Wall and bringing you to tears at the same time, the ‘Heroes’ is part of Bowie’s iconography.
Taken from his 12th studio album Heroes, the track was co-written by Bowie and the musical genius of Brian Eno and released first in 1977 as a single, and secondly, as a live release in 1978—it has become one of the shining moments of Bowie’s career and still to this day is favoured as one of his best.
While the song is likely to outlive us all, ‘Heroes’ has been given a rare 2020 makeover with the use of 8D technology. With the ability to
Plug in your headphones and listen to David Bowie as you’ve never heard him before.