At this point, we are veterans of being confined to our own homes. Between lockdowns and winter weather or just simply getting older and preferring a quiet night in as opposed to a rager of a night out, there’s just no place like home.
Of course, there are the classic at-home “go-to” activities like baking, re-watching an entire TV series in one go or mindlessly scrolling through Instagram, but when you are looking for something a little different to do, Darkfield Radio has just the thing.
If the name Darkfield sounds familiar, it’s probably because you’ve heard about their spooky shipping container experiences which see audiences embark on immersive, multi-sensory journeys full of twists and turns.
During 2020, the innovative production company was forced to, you guessed it — pivot — and began offering unique at-home experiences to titillate the senses.
Following the success of Double, Visitors and Eternal, audiences can now purchase tickets to Knot — a three-part immersive audio experience designed for one person which unfolds in three different locations in one evening, blurring the lines between real and imagined.
Produced in Australia by Melbourne-based company Realscape Productions, Knot takes audiences through three intersecting, interwoven episodes revolving around a traumatic event, questioning how inevitable anything is.
In the first episode audiences will situate themselves on a park bench, the second in a car, and the third in a room of their home. For the story to be complete, all three episodes will need to be experienced. Of course, with restrictions in place in some parts of the country and winter weather making us less willing to venture outside, you can just as easily experience the park bench instalment in a different part of your home or, even your garden or balcony.
The productions are magnified by Darkfield’s signature 360-degree binaural sound, which really makes you feel as though you are living inside the experience. It can be disconcerting (and downright terrifying, at times!) but that is half the fun.
The audio experience comes with some fairly impressive badges of honour, too, having been the first-ever audio-only experience to be a part of Venice International Film Festival, and being nominated for various awards at Raindance Film Festival. It was also part of the Tribeca Film Festival Immersive Lineup, so you know it is definitely worth checking out.
Darkfield’s artistic Directors Glen Neath and David Rosenberg said, in a statement, “After the world spent so much time at home in 2020, we knew we had to think outside the box for the second season of Darkfield Radio.
“We hope audiences will enjoy this cyclical story, conjured into existence by a collective effort and tied up like a knot with no ends. It will also give audiences a chance to immerse themselves in some new places”.
Knot is currently running from 5pm every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until September 30, 2021. Tickets are available at darkfield.com.au/radio