The House of Music, Hungary (Magyar Zene Háza) in Budapest is part of the currently largest urban development project in Europe. A museum and a concert hall in one, not only showcasing an innovative permanent exhibition and top-class concerts but also a multimedia library and a club space, it is a highlight of the Liget Budapest Project, in the context of which the iconic park Városliget with several buildings is being renewed and reopened in 2022. The Japanese star architect Sou Fujimoto designed the House of Music, Hungary in a unique aesthetic and with sensitive regard to the site-specific surroundings and to climate-friendly sustainability.
The media-based and interactive permanent exhibition stages Hungarian and European music history. It is a journey through time from the origins of music up to future-oriented technology revolutions. The extremely interactive exhibition is conceived based on multi-facetted media technology: Many small, complementing installations with interactive elements create a whole that is bound together by the continuous use of the headphone-based audio system usomo. The interactive 3D sound by usomo, integrated in the entire exhibition, accompanies the visitors from start to finish. This extent to which the entire media control is connected to interactive sound is without precedent. Additionally, the exhibition features many creative innovations in the individual installations, setting examples of how usomo can be applied and demonstrating the potential of the audio system.
usomo reacts to everything in the exhibition – not only to exhibits, film projections and audio zones, but also to other people in the vicinity. The strong dynamic that results from the detailed interactivity creates a maximally realistic and gripping sound experience. A multitude of visual media that are partly interactive themselves are acoustically complemented with usomo. The interactive audio system reacts to highly varied signals, from space-filling 360-degree projections to touch objects, hand projections and human movements. For all of this to work, a maximum of synchronicity is indispensable.
The House of Music, Hungary was leadingly developed by Városliget Zrt. The 3D sound system usomo and the spatial audio production are by FRAMED immersive projects from Berlin, who also provided supporting consulting on the sound concept and on the linkage of usomo to the other media.
Photos 1 and 8 © Városliget
Photos 2-7 © FRAMED immersive projects
House of Music, Hungary (Magyar Zene Háza)
Permanent exhibition, opened in January 2022
usomo by FRAMED immersive projects
Sound System, Spatial Audio Production, Consulting on Sound Concept and Media Technology