The Ghosts in the Machine

Project partners: Opera North and the University of York

Opera North innovates across artforms and embraces a diversity of skills to make bold and ambitious new work, shared in new ways. 

This project explores the potential of interactive, spatial audio technology to encourage a tech-savvy demographic to engage with a classical opera. An interactive trailer will be produced for Opera North’s 2020 production of Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw. 

Users of the web-based material will be encouraged to mix their own aural experience of the opera’s music. They will be able to create different architectural soundscapes that shape and affect their own emotional response to the story. 

Exploiting the set nature of the material, the unnerving and ambiguous story of this emotive work will be enhanced by manipulating the way it is listened to. The listener will be able to control the perspective through which this classic story is told.

Categories: Performance