The seminal anthem ‘Wonderwall’ has been transformed by a reworking which uses remarkable new audio technology which has modified the ’90s stalwart through the medium of 8D music.
While millions of people are still being advised to remain at home despite social distancing measures beginning to ease, the idea of live music feels like a distant memory and it doesn’t look like it will be returning in the form we know and love any time soon. In a bid to indulge music in a different format to what we know, 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.”
We are testing this new technology out on Oasis classic ‘Wonderwall’ which featured on the band’s faultless 1995 album (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? and is widely regarded as being a turning point in the history of indie music as the record achieved unparalleled commercial success for an indie band.
The song was originally titled ‘Wishing Stone’ before it was renamed ‘Wonderwall’ after George Harrison’s debut solo album of the same name. Gallagher told NME in 1996 that ‘Wonderwall’ was written for Meg Mathews, his then-girlfriend and later wife.
However, after Gallagher and Mathews divorced in 2001, he said the song was not even about her: “The meaning of that song was taken away from me by the media who jumped on it, and how do you tell your Mrs it’s not about her once she’s read it is? It’s a song about an imaginary friend who’s gonna come and save you from yourself.”
Plug in your headphones and listen to the Gallagher brothers like never before.