The original notion of an experimental audio environment was brought to life with Karma Quad in October 2017 by Sound.Codes. Within a working period of 5 weeks, a run-down storage cube was transformed both in sound and sight into the most popular room to hang out in the village. The process of putting each layer together from the muting of the floor, to the dampening of the ceiling, became a great source of learning about sound and its presence in a room for all the artists at the 2017 program. The coming together of the large synthesiser as a first handmade instrument / controller as an artistic / experimentation aid or tool in the handmade studio accomplished the notion of creating a space to create and experiment. With a quadrophonic setup of speakers, the listening component came to life as an immersive binaural experience.
The highlights until now have been the multiple ways in which this 12×12′ cube space has already been used during the 5 weeks of KYTA 2017 – live vocal sessions, a theatre performance, live recordings, live performances and even a super-tight party pad. And since its establishment, Akash has spent a majority of his time in the studio, living through an entire winter and summer incubating it into an active laboratory. There have also already been mini interventions with a couple of guest artists who have tested it out.
Invitations are now open to experimental sound and music artists to take residency in the village with a working space at Karma Quad. The special focus remains producing binaural material in a binaural environment. However, as the existence of the space is to continue creating new bonds between artists and the village, Karma Quad can well function as a sanctum-sanctorum to simply invest creative energies into and investigate aural practices in the stunning backdrop of the Himalayas.