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.

The Precipice experience is a studio installation at AFTRS. A maximum of eight people can participate at one time. Sessions go for 30 minutes.

Book tickets to Precipice at the Vivid Ideas, 31 May – 3 Jun 2017

Precipice is presented by the Australian Film Television and Radio School and the Sydney Philharmonia Choir as part of Vivid Ideas 2017.


The Australian Film Television Radio and School would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, on whose land we meet, work, study and teach. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and extend our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from all nations of this land.