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Experimental audio drama platform launches, promising ‘immersive, hyper-real’ experience

Actors Eilidh Loan and James Robinson at a recording of Almost Tangible's Macbeth
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A new online platform for audio dramas has been created for stories recorded using immersive technology.

Almost Tangible has been set up by actor and voiceover artist Charlotte Melen. It officially launches on November 12 with a production of Macbeth, recorded on location at Glamis Castle, Scotland.

Macbeth was recorded using binaural sound techniques that capture 360-degree sound to create a three-dimensional, immersive experience for the listener.

Stage productions that have featured binaural sound include Complicite’s The Encounter, which transmitted live and pre-recorded binaural sound via headphones worn by the audience.

The creators of Almost Tangible described binaural sound as offering a “groundbreaking approach to audio drama” which gives listeners a “more immersive, hyper-real feel”.

Macbeth will be free to download, and will be available online as well as from Apple and Google podcast apps.

Almost Tangible is also finalising plans for future projects, which Melen says will include new writing developed especially for the platform as well as an adaptation of a Scandinavian crime thriller and a script for early teens.

Melen is working on a future funding model, but aims for all scripts to be available free of charge for a limited time after they are released.

“We’re building a community of actors, producers, directors and creatives who want to collaborate, experiment and do things differently,” Melen said.

“We’re on a mission to transform the audiobook category and immerse our listeners in new worlds – to do so, we immerse ourselves.”

She added: “We capture everything using binaural technology that records spherically in 360 degrees, just like our ears are designed, and this gives listeners an entirely new aural experience.”

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