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Research of hardware, software, and compositional techniques relating to seven sonic arts sub-disciplines. Research is primarily undertaken by members of SDCT Board and in collaboration with other individuals, institutions, and/or industries. Findings are routinely documented and made available to other SoundDome participants for art-making purposes.

Where members of the public are invited to experience the works produced by SoundDome participants. The SoundDome (18,19,20) series is an ‘open day’ featuring single-point listening in the 8m dome, live sonic arts performances and masterclass presentations concerning the aforementioned sub-disciplines. The event will be held in the SoundDome factory space in Matangi Waikato (SoundDome18 is scheduled for 18 February 2018). The SoundDome Festival – planned for 2020, seeks to make use of both 8m and 14m relocatable domes, and will feature all sonic arts sub-disciplines including live and fixed media genres. SDCT Board imagines a week-long hilltop experience in a natural location somewhere in the North Island of New Zealand.


Completed works will be published routinely through Rattle Records Online at, and as part of the SoundDome Vol. 1, 2, 3 CD series (Vol. 1 available March 2018).


All SoundDome participants are encouraged to transfer their repertoire to the 8m SoundDome for archiving purposes. The facility provides an ideal method of playback for fixed media artworks allowing researchers the opportunity to experience the works exactly as the composer intended. The facility also supports the high-quality playback of video files relating to live sonic arts genres.
Visits from university students, researchers, self-trained artists/musicians, and/or members of the public are arranged as required, and normally incorporate a 1-hour introductory presentation. Sonic artists from the international community and individuals from associated industries are also invited to visit the SoundDome. Interested parties should contact the managing trustee to arrange times/dates.

Residencies and Independent Use 

Available to established sonic artists approved by SDCT Board. All participants must be invited and complete independent use and health and safety courses (scheduled as required). Bookings are managed through an online system, all residencies are recipient-funded, and a standard booking fee of $20 per day applies.