Simon McBurney’s solo play The Encounter, which required audiences to wear headphones to enter an immersive, sonic journey, is now available to experience online.
In The Encounter, McBurney incorporates innovative technology into his solo performance to create a shifting world of sound. He utilizes a Sennheiser Neumann KU 100 Dummy Head Microphone—a microphone shaped like a human head. This unique device replicates human hearing to achieve authentic, true-to-life stereo imagery and field perception. This is called binaural sound; when you listen to a binaural recording through headphones, you perceive distinct and genuine 360-degree sound.
The Encounter is now available to experience on YouTube through May 25. Headphones must be worn to experience the show's binaural sound design (3D audio). The Encounter was filmed at London’s Barbican Theatre in March 2016.
Watch the video above to experience the show.