Auditorium was a music series for lovers of ambient music presented in 8.4 surround sound, produced and curated by Kevin Balktick and Aaron Taylor Kuffner in 2011 and 2012. The goal of the music series was two fold. Firstly it sought to showcase an under-served genre of music in a proper immersive setting optimal for both performer and audience. It secondly created a community centered around relaxation and beauty using the techniques often employed by warehouse parties and raves.
Auditorium sought unique venues, often old churches, and presented a lineup of artists performing on an uber surround sound system of Kuffner’s design, that utilizes eight 1000 watt full range speakers arranged in a circle on the parameter of the space facing in and four 2000 watt bass bins in the center of the room facing out. Each artist performs in the middle of the room, and has the option of presenting work through 4 or 8 channels, or having Kuffner specialize different frequencies to move throughout the space in quantized motions. Audience members sit on rugs and pillows wrapping around the artists on all sides.