One thing these days that is capturing your attention is 8D music. So “What is 8D Music Technology”? How does it work? Is it real or only hype? Everything we’re going to know in this post. And I suppose you’ve already listened to the 8D songs and if not then enjoy one of my favourites below.
Listen to it only using headphones; otherwise, you will not be able to differentiate at all. Headphones will take you in-depth of the music and permit you to know what actual 8D is.
What is 8D Music Technology?
Nature has given only three dimensions which are 1D,2D and 3D, but we (humans) have extended them further as you might hear about 4DX cinemas or 4D movies, it is also an artificial dimension. But now we’re discussing what 8D music technology is.
“8D music is a feeling of being in the centre of an empty hall with the music and sensitivity all around you”.
If you’ve listened ever, you will be getting this thing.
8D audio uses the laws of binaural recording to cheat our brains into believing that sounds are coming from various places in three-dimensional space.
How does 8D work?
8D Music Technology is based on Binaural concept. Our brain figures out where sounds are coming from through several cues.
Let me explain what cue is.
A sound that begins to our right side will connect our right ear ever so little faster than it goes our left ear. That’s one cue. Later there’s echo and repercussion of sound as it bounces off things in our surroundings. Finally, some filtering takes place to change the actual quality of the sound from one ear to the other.
Accordingly, our sense of visual understanding works using similar to these cues, and we feel the sound is coming from various places and moving around our ears.
So by faking these cues, it’s possible to cheat the brain into believing it hears a sound that arises from a specific location in space. Binaural audio does precisely that, but it needs the use of headphones to separate what each ear catches.
Do you know? The concept of Binaural audio came in the late 19th Century, but at that time no source was available to listen to it. The telephone receiver was the only way to listen to electrical audio signals. In the mid-1920s, Harvey Fletcher comes with an idea to experience the multi-directional sound effect.
First binaural recording is done by physically moving a sound source around a set of microphones that enables simulate human ears, to experience this effect.
But thanks to modern audio software tools that allow us to do the same thing digitally on any computer system without any studio or special microphones.
8D Music Technology real or fake?
The reality is that there’s not any new technology but a technique that allows hearing sounds as we’re in the centre of it. The feeling of listening to music that goes through your head is the result of equalization techniques, arrangement and effects.
In brief, the arrangement is the ability to distribute the music on different audio channels. Our earphones have two physical channels: left and right. You can feel the sound to the left or the right or, you can pick specific music to be played by one or the other earphone.
Let’s get one thing checked right away: “There’s no such thing, device or tool that can hold or possess audio eight dimensions, nine dimensions, or even 100 dimensions”.
It doesn’t matter what YouTube videos claim. The reality is that audio doesn’t possess any dimensions, not even one dimensions at all.
And even the most advanced technology Dolby Atmos, developed by Dolby, can not hold 8D music. With this technology, the sound waves move around you in three-dimensional space, so your brain feels like you’re inside the action.
I said just “move” around you in 3D space; it cannot remain in many dimensions.
You may also read: What are dimensions?
Where can we find 8D Music?
YouTube is apparently the most convenient place to find 8D music tracks. With over 11 million search results of “8D Music” on Google, meaning there’s a vast collection, plus no subscription required. YouTube is also the place to listen to 8D songs of your favourite artists.
However, paid subscription streaming services, e.g. Apple Music and Spotify also have increasing catalogues of 8D tracks. These are almost exclusively customized instrumental versions of popular songs.
Still, you won’t get Billie Eilish’s Bad Guy, for example, in 8D on Apple Music unless Eilish releases one herself.
In conclusion, does 8D music exists? Yes, but no.
Yes because we named the music that can be heard all around us on a 360° space.
No, because it is no more new technology and scientifically audio waves cannot occupy dimensions; still we can call it more suitably ‘spatial sound’ or ‘3D audio’.