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Sound Dome

Opening hours:

Monday

closed (and closed on the first Tuesday and Wednesday of each month)

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday

10 AM to 6 PM

Friday

10 AM to 8 PM

Ticket office:

Monday

closed (and closed on the first Tuesday and Wednesday of each month)

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday

Closing of the ticket office and last screening: 5.30 PM

Friday

Closing of the ticket office and last screening: 7.30 PM

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What is a sound dome?

 

This question can be answered quite literally: a dome-cupola, which emits sounds. But it is more than just that. Our sound dome is also a projection screen with a sound system behind it. Anyone sitting in the middle will hear sounds coming from all directions.  The world of sounds is evoked here starting with those of nature to composed music but the experience visitors have here expands beyond this dimension. This dome is also a laboratory producing new sounds: alchemy at the highest level. It is a unique creation with unforeseeable potential. It is worth returning here from time to time and making new discoveries. The first show conveys the sounds and images of the Carpathian Basin from unique audio and visual perspectives.  

DOME 008 – BOSCH The Garden of Earthly Delights

 

Although the Bosch exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts has ended, from December the House of Music is bringing the Garden of Earthly Delights to life. In the domed room a 360-degree projection of Miss Virgács’ (Nikolett Németh) collage animation technique sets the Dutch painter’s altar triptych in motion to the accompaniment of contemporary polyphonic choral works by Cantemus, subtly distorted and modulated by MA'AM (Anna Makay), and complemented by diabolical sound sequences.

 

Running time: 35 minutes

Age limit classification

We do not recommend viewing the show for viewers under the age of 16.

The screening is in Hungarian, but this should not affect your experience.

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Dome 016 - Csontváry: Levante

Audio-visual adaptation of Tivadar Csontváry Kosztka's paintings in the spirit of the solar journey, from Naples to Jerusalem.

View or vision? Many people have asked this question after seeing Tivadar Csontváry Kosztka’s paintings. The paintings of this artist, considered a unique and eccentric figure in the history of Hungarian art, leave no one indifferent. Dreams awakened by landscapes he had never seen before, and the depiction of reality directed towards the sky, of living nature tending towards surrealism, are one of the keys to his art. He was looking for the journey of the sun, the great motif and the mystic, and he believed that he could only find it in the East, in the lands of the Levant. At the turn of the 20th century, he made several trips to the provinces east of Italy, following the line of the increasingly popular Asian tourist routes.

Our musical journey takes us on an itinerary based on four scenes and twelve paintings, from the city of Castellammare in the Bay of Naples, through Athens and then Jerusalem, to the 6,000-year-old cedar of Baalbek. The artist's well-known and lesser-known paintings are brilliantly illustrated with compositions written and performed by renowned Hungarian and foreign performers, linked to each location. A canzone by the Italian Faraualla and Fratelli Mancuso, followed by a popular rebetiko by Veronika Varga and the Esperia band, then Jordi Savall and the Faran Ensemble evoke Jerusalem, and finally the ethereal music of Dhafer Youssef and Ádám Kalamár closes the round.

Csontváry's monumental paintings, his masterly brushwork, his colours glowing with the power of the soul from an unmarkable, unlocatable source of light, now enchant the visitor in the Sound Dome of the Hungarian House of Music, who, following the traveller who has been on an adventure for 100 years, can board a plane, a boat or a train to answer the question: is the master's oeuvre a vision or a spectacle?

Running time: 25 minutes

Age rating:
This performance is not recommended for children under the age of 3.

The screening is in Hungarian, which may affect your experience.

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DOME 009 – Cloudhitects: Point Cloud Budapest

 

The next show at the Sound Dome is a point cloud journey that exhibits the sights of Budapest in a naturalistic point cloud environment. All these images begin to behave in an abstract way at a certain point in the audio-visual projection, with spaces merging into each other during the journey. The abstractions reinterpret the scanned spaces and they come to life on the surface of the Dome. The Parliament building, Chain Bridge, Várkert Bazaar, Hold Street, Heroes' Square, the Academy of Sciences, the National Gallery and the Eastern Railway Station all appear in the production.

 

Running time: 24 minutes

Age limit classification

We do not recommend viewing the show for viewers under the age of 10.

The screening has no dialogue, recommended for guests of any language.

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DOME 010 – 'Tales from the Lakeside'-day

The Lengemesék, characterized by Judit Berg, are a big crowd favorite in domestic waters, from which a TV series and two full-length cartoons were made. Now they are reviving in a new dimension not only for older kindergarten and elementary school children.

Language: hungarian

Running time: 20 minutes

Age rating:
This performance is not recommended for children under the age of 3.

The screening is in Hungarian, which may affect your experience.

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Sound Dome - DOME 000 Moods

 

It is a unique creation, its possibilities are unpredictable. You have to come here from time to time to get to know the latest discoveries. The first message conveys the sounds and images of the Carpathian Basin from a special auditory and visual perspective.

 

Running time: 21 minutes

Age rating:

This performance is not recommended for children under the age of 4.

The screening has no dialogue, recommended for guests of any language.

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DOME 006 - The Intergalactic Gateway

 

What can the Sound Dome do? What is ’surround sound’? What is 360-degree projection? How are works produced for a unique audio-visual system like this? On this occasion, the Sound Dome itself will answer – using the voice of the actor Barbara Hegyi – more questions than you can shake a stick at, using a projection to lead the audience on a fabulous journey, illustrated with excerpts from the content currently being shown at the Dome. This short film aims partly to show the variety of ways in which the creators are able to use the technology built into the space, and partly to introduce viewers to the diversity of genres that can be explored within it. They can experience, for example, what happens when sound and image are in synch, and what it is like to have visual content responding instantly to sound and music at any given moment.

The virtual tour, which sets off from Liszt Ferenc Airport, offers visitors a playful way of exploring the complex system of the Sound Dome and its hidden potential.

Vazul Endre Mándli is the artistic curator of the new content woven together for the Sound Dome, Panni Néder is the story writer and director, while the sound engineer for the compilation is Tamás Zányi, the sound engineer for the Oscar-winning film Son of Saul, who has won multiple awards and international acclaim. The visual content was created by Gáspár Batta and András Juhász.

The screening of "Sound Dome: The Intergalactic Gateway" will be presented by the House of Music Hungary in cooperation with Budapest Airport as part of BrainBar 2022 and will then be included in the content available daily.

Running time: 29 minutes

Age rating:
This performance is not recommended for children under the age of 6.

The screening is in Hungarian, which may affect your experience.

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DOME 019 - RENOIR

Running time: 25 minutes

Age rating:
This performance is not recommended for children under the age of 6.

Having already given us new ways of looking at Bosch and Csontváry, this Sound Dome programme will feature a great painter being exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts for the third time. This latest audiovisual work features the paintings of Renoir set in motion using both manual and digital (so-called generative) imaging techniques. The animated imagery is also enhanced by music that moves in every dimension. What makes these unique installations created from the painters’ works so special is the way they allow visitors to examine the pictures from much closer up than they would be able to view the original paintings with the naked eye, incorporating them too into these stories painted centuries ago.

Visual composition: Dániel Németh
Musical concept & sound design: Ákos Lovász, Ádám Kalmár

The screening has no dialogue, recommended for guests of any language.

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DOME_020 SOMLÓ DÁVID: A TEREK BESZÉLNEK – HALLOD? 

Running time: 22 minutes

Flowing imperceptibly into each other in Dávid Somló’s contemplative work for the Sound Dome are sustained resonant musical sounds and imagined soundscapes, accompanied by a projection based on the dreamlike animation of the artist’s own analogue photos, providing visitors with space to immerse themselves in the sounds and their own memories. 

Creators: Dávid Somló - Composition,
Photos András Szombathy - Visuals

Age rating:
This performance is not recommended for children under the age of 7.

The screening is in Hungarian, which may affect your experience.

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DOME_021 PLATON KARATAEV - NAPKÖTÖZŐ 

Running time: 22 minutes

Age rating:
This performance is not recommended for children under the age of 7.

The songs in the screening are in Hungarian, but this does NOT affect the experience.

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DOME_022 ZSOLNAY FÉNYFESZTIVÁL SHOWCASE

Running time: 16 minutes

Age rating:
This performance is not recommended for children under the age of 7.

The songs in the screening are in Hungarian, but this does NOT affect the experience.

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DOME 024 – Red-footed Falcon

The Hungarian Ornithological and Nature Conservation Society's Red Footed Falcon Conservation Working Group has produced a unique three-dimensional film for the 20th anniversary of its creation, which can be most effectively presented on this three-dimensional hemispherical screen in the SoundDome at the House of Music. MMTE was commissioned by National Geographic to film in Angola, the world's largest nocturnal roosting site for birds of prey, where the world population of red footed falcons congregates before beginning their migration to Europe. The three-dimensional short film is complemented by a short educational documentary on the project on the screen of the hemispherical dome, and the African pulse is rounded off by a selection of nature photos taken during the expedition. During the DOME_LIVE premiere, there will be an opportunity to ask questions to the creators and the expedition participants.

Running time: 20 minutes

Age rating:

This performance is not recommended for children under the age of 4.

The screening is in Hungarian, which may affect your experience.

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DOME 023 – Szauder Dávid: Mestersége az intelligencia

Though artificial intelligence has existed for almost four decades, its development has accelerated at nearly incomprehensible speed over the past 18 months to 2 years. It’s hard to know whom and what to believe. Both the arts and artists themselves can expect to be impacted by this marvellous new digital age. So it’s time to take a deep breath, fasten our seat belts and spend the next 20 minutes letting artificial intelligence reinterpret the art of the past 2000 years. Imagine the Greek temples of antiquity being built by robots, dancing Roman statues, Byzantine mosaics populated by fighting Star Wars characters instead of martyrs, Botticelli’s Venus emerging from an ice cream cone, and what Bosch’s altar would look like in a zero gravity world. Quite a bit different, right? While intended partly as entertainment, the video montage also helps visitors understand what artificial intelligence can be used for, if we have the courage not to fear it.

Running time: 20 minutes

Age rating:
This performance is not recommended for children under the age of 7.

The screening is in Hungarian, which may affect your experience.

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DOME_025: Tibor Bozi: Face to Face

Running time: 20 minutes

Age rating:
This performance is not recommended for children under the age of 4.

The songs in the screening are in Hungarian, but this does NOT affect the experience.

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In the underground levels of the House of Music Hungary lies the Sound Dome. This is where the program begins, with a short film providing an unusual acoustic and visual experience, after which the visitors are shown an increasing number of similar films.

2022/04/06 - 2024/06/05

Sound Dome Gallery

Warning of the risk of photosensitivity attacks

A small percentage of people may experience seizures due to certain visual images, including flashing lights and patterns that appear as part of the show.