Lichtmond and Auro Technologies join forces to create world’s first ambient album in immersive Auro-3D®

Lichtmond 3 – Days of Eternity to be mixed in 3D immersive sound

Mol, Belgium, August 18
– Auro Technologies and Lichtmond, the German ambient pop project, have today announced a partnership to create the most immersive audio-visual music album ever released. Lichtmond creates a magical mix of audiovisual poetry, bringing dreamy ambient electronica together with melodic rock and stunning 3D visual images. Now, for the first time, Lichtmond will add Auro-3D® audio to their sound, creating the perfect marriage of music and images which will envelop the listener in an immersive cocoon.

lichtmondAuro Technologies are the creators of the Auro-3D® format, a revolutionary development in audio. This exciting move from two-dimensional Surround sound (5.1/7.1) formats to Auro-3D® is a break-through achieved by adding the missing dimension of height all around the listener. This is achieved by an additional layer of speakers positioned 30° above the listener’s head, or virtually reproduced thanks to the Auro-Headphones™ algorithm.

The addition of this height layer allows the listener to experience amazingly immersive, natural sound, capturing for the first time direct sources and their acoustic reflections from all around us which two dimensional sound formats simply cannot reproduce.

Lichtmond is the project of brothers Giorgio and Martin Koppehele, renowned music producers who have released two albums of ambient pop and chill-out melodies, each accompanied by immersive 3D animations. Heralded as ‘the new Kraftwerk’ by famed producer Alan Parsons, their new album Lichtmond 3 is set to take their audience on an even more magical journey into an imaginary world, and this time the soundscape will benefit from the unsurpassed immersive experience of Auro-3D® to complement Lichtmond’s characteristic ambient melodies and captivating imagery.

Giorgio Koppehele of Lichtmond stated: “We are amazed and excited by the heightened emotional experience of listening to our music in Auro-3D®. Lichtmond creates an immersive world of sound and vision, so we are delighted to work with the Auro-3D® format and to take advantage of the additional creative possibilities offered by the vertical stereo field in front and around the listener thanks to the Auro-3D®’s unique Height Layer. Working with the Auro-3D® creative tool suite has helped us achieve more transparency within Lichtmond’s complex soundscapes.”

Wilfried Van Baelen, inventor of the Auro-3D® format and CEO of Auro Technologies, stated: “Lichtmond and Auro-3D® is a perfect match, and we are delighted to partner with Giorgio and Martin to help them with this exciting project. Lichtmond’s enchanting ambient sound is even more immersive thanks to the unique Auro-3D® height layer, which surrounds the listener in a cocoon of life-like sound.”

Lichtmond 3 will be released in stereo, Surround sound 5.1, 7.l, and Auro-3D® mixes in Germany, Austria and Switzerland on October 10th 2014 (Street Date) to be followed by international releases. The Auro-3D® mixes can be experienced through Auro-3D® equipped home theatres, as well as in immersive 3D sound via headphones, thanks to the innovative Auro-Headphones™ algorithm that creates a binaural 3D format for a standard pair of headphones.

The Auro-3D® format will soon be available in many other consumer applications, with mobile, automotive, gaming, and broadcast versions all bringing immersive 3D sound to the market very soon.

Lichtmond and Auro technologies will be present at IFA Berlin from 5 – 10 September 2014. Feel free to come and visit us in Hall 25, booth 147.
The Lichtmond team will be available for interviews on 6 September.