Quadraphonic (or quadrophonic and sometimes quadrasonic) sound – equivalent to what is now called 4.0 surround sound – uses four audio channels in which speakers are positioned at the four corners of a listening space.
The show included designs by Mark Fisher such as circular screens, quadrophonic sounds, back projections and in some cases introductions to the show by radio DJ Jim Ladd.
The orchestra was conducted by Martin and recorded at AIR Studios. The soundtrack was also released in quadrophonic.
The band takes a quadrophonic approach to their shows: live performances are played in a quadraphonic setup, with each band member having his/her own independent stage and PA system.
A number of albums were released both in stereo and quadrophonic format in the 1970s, but 'quad' failed to gain wide commercial acceptance.
In 1974, it briefly styled itself "W4 Quad" during its brief use of quadrophonic transmission.
"Once Again" was remastered and reissued by Harvest in 2002 with five bonus tracks: 2 outtakes and 3 from the 1973 quadrophonic mix of the album.
This album was originally released simultaneously on LP, 8 Track, Quadrophonic LP, and quadrophonic 8 track cartridge.
A quadrophonic version was released on record and eight-track tape. The songs were treated to special mixes for that issue of the album.
The Mozart and Rossini music common to all three versions of the album was recorded using analogue technology in quadrophonic (4-channel) sound in September 1975 in De Doelen, Rotterdam.
Ambio 4 was quadrophonic sound technology commercialised in the early 1970s that could reproduce the ambience or sound information of a room as well as play stereo.
It also issued quadrophonic albums in the 1970s. Its main rival was Phase 4 Stereo, operated by the British Decca Records.
2011 saw the introduction of 3D stereoscopic projection and quadrophonic sound into the band's performances. The Australian Pink Floyd is the first ever band to implement stereographic 3D on tour.
In 1972 it broadcast for the first time in four-channel (quadrophonic) sound, a live performance of the Chicago Lyric Opera's presentation of Rossini's Semiramide.
During the 2010 Vinterriss festival he was playing the live electronics part at the premiere of his piece "Ikke helt solo" ("not quite solo") for cello and quadrophonic live electronics.
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