Envelop

About

 

Envelop

Envelop is a nonprofit that amplifies the power of music through immersive listening experiences. 

With 32 speakers surrounding the audience, our immersive sound venues and free open source spatial audio tools, provide a space to deeply listen, relax and reset. We host a diversity of events ranging from spatial music performances and album listening events, to wellness and 3D audio education. Envelop allows us to be inside the music. 

Envelop is directed by artist / musician Christopher Willits, with board members Roddy Lindsay, artist / DJ Mark Slee, fabricator Greg Wood, and creative director Alingo Loh.

 
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Envelop Venues

Envelop immersive audio venues allow us to be inside music.
32 speakers completely surround the audience creating a sphere of spatial sound.

Envelop has created two venues:
Envelop SF - permanent venue within The Midway in San Francisco.
Envelop Satellite - mobile venue that is available for festivals and site-specific events.

Envelop Software

Envelop for Live is a collection of free, open-source spatial audio production tools that work with Ableton Live Suite.
Three-dimensional sound placement enables artists to create immersive mixes for multichannel spaces and headphone-based VR/AR environments, amplifying emotional impact by placing the audience inside the music.

Envelop for Live guides the spatialization of spherical sound in all Envelop venues, and also works with any custom speaker array (4 speakers minimum) or even normal headphones. It is now easier than ever for musicians, producers, artists, and sound designers, to create their own DIY systems and utilize space as a compositional element. 

All of our tools are free and open-source, allowing this technology to reach new audiences easier, therefore catalyzing more spatial music creation and shared listening experiences. If you have 3D music to share as a listening event, or performance in an Envelop venue, please submit a proposal here.

Envelop Events

Envelop produces a wide range of events that allow listening to be the priority.
Our events fully activate the creative, social and emotional potential of Envelop's immersive audio venues.

Artists

Artists who have performed or shared their music within an Envelop immersive audio venue include:

Birds of Rhythm, Eduardo Castillo, Rob Garza, Indy Nyles, King Britt, Ryan Kleeman, Lara Sarkissian, Layne, Lusine, Manitous, Mayumi Matutina, Nihar, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Mike Milosh (Rhye), Mark SleeScott Arford, Slumber, SnowGhost, Snuise, Superposition (The Glitch Mob), Switchcraft, Rachel Torro, Tycho, and Christopher Willits.

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What an EPIC sensory experience. THANK YOU!
— Stephanie
Can not express how AMAZING this was... Bravo to the producers and creators of this venue/organization.
— Derek
This is the most exciting thing I have seen in audio in a while. The future of music will be 3D
— Mic Ro
Totally blown away. I’ve worked in the audio industry, both as a musician and engineer, for roughly 25 years and have kind of been on a hiatus for the past few. That gig last night tapped into something and got the creative juices flowing again. Thank you.
— Cameron
Without knowing Ryuichi Sakamoto’s music much, I felt the emotions, very different feeling throughout the whole time. I also had a very challenging day before I arrived, everything at the space just warmed my soul... Thank you for what you guys are doing. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
— Kristin
I had a spiritual experience at this last night. I’ve never heard music sound so perfect; it brought tears to my eyes.
Envelop is the future of music and the future is here.
— Joe
This was mind shattering! Thank you so much! :-D
— Max
Your project is truly amazing (both the sound, and the connections you are helping to make), and coming at just the right time for or society. I can’t wait to attend more of the Envelop events and do my part to help build a strong community.
— Patrick
It really felt like we were experiencing an event from the future we were promised.... The sound system created a listening experience unlike any I’ve had before. The music felt fully immersive and the clarity resonated every detail of the instruments and sound effects.
— GooseM