Earfilms

Bernadette Lancefield
Summary 
An Earfilm is a film that relies completely on audio and imagination. The audience is blindfolded. It uses 3D sound, a cinematic musical score and live storytelling and narration. An Earfilm will be held at the Melbourne Recital Centre. To Sleep to Dream will play from 7 to 11 March.
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Bernadette Lancefield on 07/03/2014
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Earfilms rely on audio and imagination.

An Earfilm is a film that relies completely on audio and imagination. The audience is blindfolded. It’s a cinematic experience without the visuals, says Latoyah Forsyth from the Melbourne Recital Centre. It uses 3D sound, a cinematic musical score and live storytelling and narration.

The concept of Earfilms was inspired by Daniel Marcus Clark, a writer, storyteller, musician and composer in the UK. He explains Earfilms on their website.

Most able-hearing people seem to have an incredibly acute sensibility of sound, because we are listening the whole time. There's not a moment in the day when we're not assimilating information through our ears, whether we are aware of it or not.

So part of our task in this project is to try to create sonically accurate worlds, so that the listener innately knows what they are experiencing without explanation. This allows the listener to experience the sensation of being right inside the story as it is being told.

To Sleep To Dream

It is 2056 and the world has been destroyed by a gigantic flood. Only one city has survived. Later, a society is built under extreme dictatorship where workers are prohibited from breeding, and even dreaming.

This Earfilm follows the journey of Jack Richards. Like all the other men he is overworked and disheartened, but his life is dramatically changed when he discovers “a message left in the space between the waking and sleeping worlds”.

It’s a story about the power of the dreamer and the desire to find your strength in a world that makes you feel small, Latoyah says.

So it’s quite inspiring in that regard. The sound design is by members from a team of Game of Thrones, so they’re masters of their craft.

The Melbourne Recital Centre hasn’t had first-hand experience of Earfilms but the response in England has been incredible. People from all different walks of life have come to experience the ‘Sleep to Dream’ project. They are people who are interested in music, films and the complete overall sensory experience. I’m really excited to have it here, that’s for sure!

Event details

To Sleep to Dream runs for 90 minutes without an interval. It will be held at the Melbourne Recital Centre from 7 to the 11 March. Admission is free.

 

Anyone interested in going can contact Cindy Thomas on (03) 9207 2658 or via email, cindy.thomas@melbournerecital.com.au

 

Melbourne Recital Centre

 

Readers comments (1)

If I lived in Melbourne I would have probably gone to listen to this.

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