Our favorite music transports us to new worlds. Away from the humdrum of Planet Earth, on Planet Music there are no work deadlines, no pandemics, and everyone is happy. It’s just a shame we ever have to come home.
Perhaps it would be unrealistic to stay on Planet Music forever, but what if there was a way to make the journey even more immersive and memorable? Of course, any Soundcore headphones or speakers will do that for you (shameless plug ), but is it possible to transform the music itself?
Typically, music is engineered for listening in stereo, i.e. with a left and right channel. Producers will select certain sounds (or instruments) to feed through a specific side to make the audio feel more spacious and realistic as if you’re watching a performance on a stage. Recently, there has been a trend to take advantage of this stereo separation to create 8D tracks. 8D?! What happened to all the ‘D’s in between?!
8D songs are specially engineered to gently phase the entire sound from the left to the right channel and back again. The resulting effect is an experience in which the music appears to circle around your head. Yeeah, maybe it’s better for you to just listen to one. Remember, the effect only works with headphones. So get your Liberty 2 Pro, sit back, close your eyes, and give yourself a couple of minutes to enjoy.
Depending on the type of music, the effect may offer a totally different experience. For slower vocal-led tracks it tends to add a dreamlike quality; for more powerful songs it
can add further layers of intensity.
Here are a few more songs presented in 8D which I think do a great job of showing just how powerful it can be:
Thanks to its bass-heavy kick drum, Juice Wrld’s Lucid Dreams is the perfect illustration of just how much raw feeling 8D can add to a song.
For a gentler track, like Eilish’s Ocean Eyes, the dreamlike swells are taken to even higher plains. This track also gives an eerie sense of the sound circling your head.
Imagine Dragons’ iconic vocal range seems to extend to new limits when presented in 8D. It sounds like a dark and emotionally intense performance recorded in a cavernous venue.
Even the sweet beats of Marshmello can be heard in a new light when played in 8D.
Finally, mum’s spaghetti can actually be tasted through your headphones! All thanks to 8D. OK, perhaps it isn’t that mindblowing, but it definitely adds a new dimension (or 6) to Eminem’s classic Lose Yourself.
What do you guys think? Annoying gimmick or musical revelation? Let us know in the comments below. Feel free to share any other tracks that work well in 8D as well!