The music seems to be literally bouncing off the walls. Vocals in English, Cantonese and Putonghua intertwine and travel across the small room and back again, transporting the listener. It's a new genre called 9D music - and it's a distinctly local sound. The lyrics derive mainly from Taoism and the notes, its creators say, travel on sonic paths arranged according to the Tao of I-ching. And it's not just for entertainment. The music is created with tranquillity in mind, providing soothing sounds to calm listeners' nerves, and improve health and fortune. It's a departure from the city's usual fare of Canto-pop and indie - and those behind it are hoping it will become China's answer to New Age music. The man behind the sound is Junno Tang Hong-si. Formerly a triad member, Tang turned to Taoism. He came up with the idea of melding the I-ching, fung shui, Taoism and music nine years ago. He thought it might be a way to help unemployed dropouts hooked on internet cafes. 'Back then, I wondered why the kids were so addicted to the world of computer games,' said Tang, the chairman of the Institute of Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism. Tang, who is also a member of the Taoist Association's youth committee, learnt how to play computer games to try to reach this section of society. 'Later I realised that it wasn't just the computer games ... It was the multidimensional sound effects in this world of online games that got them hooked - like the music and sounds used in a battle game.' With this idea in mind, Tang began working on music based on Taoist philosophies and arranged according to the I-ching. But until recently, he was unable to find sound engineering software to turn this abstract idea into reality. The name 9D refers to a method of multi-ultrasonic musical arrangement, Tang said. Elements of the composition are arranged according to the nine halls diagram and eight diagrams of the I-ching. And it doesn't stop there. The music's therapeutic basis also brings in fung shui, traditional Chinese music and medicine. Since the five elements of fung shui - wood, fire, water, metal and earth - correspond with the five musical notes of traditional Chinese music, and the five organs - the heart, liver, spleen, lungs and kidneys - the music can calm nerves and improve health by stimulating the organs through sound, he said. Tang has teamed up with well-known local singers including Maria Cordero, Johnny Ip, Rosanne Lui and rapper MC Yan, as well as composer Lincoln Lo. Their first album, Global Songs of Tao Teh Ching Vol. 1, hit the shelves recently. It features 10 tracks with lyrics taken from Taoist religious text the Tao Teh Ching. Tang said 9D is helping youths to put their computer knowledge to good use by producing the music. But he has greater ambitions for the new genre. He is keen to develop it into an art form to rival the New Age music of the West, but also wants it to create a fresh way for people to access Taoism. 'If Christians can do well in putting out rock music, why can't we use our own Taoist philosophies in music?'