If you haven’t heard of the Envelop sound system and the team working on the project, today’s announcement of new shows featuring music from the Grateful Dead may finally be the time you perk those ears up. After all, when was the last time you heard one of your favorite albums ever recorded mastered for a 32-speaker surround system array?! I’ll venture to guess you haven’t.
Coming up this February 4th at The Midway in San Francisco will be an evening of the Grateful Dead’s music broadcast through the new Sphere of Sound design that the Envelop team says was “inspired by the Dead’s pioneering Wall of Sound from 1974.” The 8pm early show is American Beauty and selected works, and Workingman’s Dead will follow at 10pm, all running through 32-speaker surround.
Experience The Grateful Dead's "American Beauty" and "Workingman's Dead" albums within the 32 speakers of Envelop SF. Our team has always been inspired by The Dead's pioneering Wall of Sound from 1974, and we're excited to share these immersive albums within a Sphere of Sound! pic.twitter.com/7uJOQM4Ov8
— Envelop (@EnvelopSound) January 30, 2020
I first caught this sound system while attending the FORM festival at Arcosanti, Arizona last spring, and it honestly changes the way you feel about music after you get lost in it. It’s an incredible experience for any music fan, so this Sphere of Sound thing is going to be blowing Deadheads away left and right. All while they sit and silently get absorbed by the sound. This is what the layout will look like.
Head here for tickets for both shows: