Imagine adding an immersive story world layer to your everyday life by simply putting on your earphones and clicking 'play' — on the bus, in the coffee queue, at the airport...wherever you may be. Imagine sounds that move around your head: sounds that are at times so intimate you actually feel a physical presence as your ears warm, your neck tickles and your head turns to see who's there.

In partnership with Sydney Philharmonia Choir, WNYC Public Radio New York and in consultation with BBC's audio research division, the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) Applied Industry Research for Innovation team have explored the potential of a binaural narrative for serial podcasting and created Precipice, a binaural narrative podcast specifically for the earbud generation.

Audiences will be taken through the labyrinthine lucidity, menace and dreams of international student Amira and her unsettling experiences with psychiatrist Dr Ferenc. This pilot episode challenges existing podcast story formats by not using narration, experimenting with the potential texturing and intimacy achievable with binaural recording methods and a more fragmented narrative.

Attending Precipice at AFTRS

The Precipice experience is a studio installation at AFTRS. A maximum of eight people can participate at one time.

Precipice is rated M: suitable for audiences 15 plus.

You can buy a maximum of 4 tickets.

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your session time.

This event is presented by the Australian Film Television and Radio School and the Sydney Philharmonia Choir.

Additional Launch Event

Sydney Philharmonia VOX Choir Performance and a Q&A with Precipice Collaborators.

AFTRS will host a launch event on Thursday June 1st from 6pm, including a special SPO VOX Choir performance led by choir conductor Elizabeth Scott, and a Q&A with Precipice Project collaborators in the main theatre.

This event will be open to all and FREE with registration.

Ticket Conditions

*Booking and transaction fees may apply.


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AFTRS The Entertainment Quarter Building 130 Moore Park NSW 2021