A relaxed Dreamachine: Deep Listening journey designed to make the experience more welcoming for anyone who would benefit from a more informal setting.
These sessions are for anyone who would benefit from a more informal setting where audiences members are free to make noise, move around, and enter and exit the experience whenever needed. This may include those with dementia, a movement disorder, anxiety, Tourette’s, bowel and bladder conditions, an autism spectrum condition, or a learning disability.
Curl up in a blanket, sit back and get lost in a moment that is just for you.
Dreamachine: Deep Listening will take you on a relaxing journey through light and sound. A curated lightscape will gently wash over you together with music by Jon Hopkins in 360-degree spatial audio, creating a deeply immersive sonic experience.
This unique experience is a chance to disconnect from everyday life and reconnect with both yourself, and others.
Dreamachine has been created by a team of leading minds in architecture, technology, music, neuroscience, and philosophy, including Turner Prize-winning collective Assemble and Grammy-nominated composer Jon Hopkins.
It's inspired by an extraordinary 1959 invention by artist Brion Gysin, described as the ‘first artwork to be experienced with your eyes closed’. Now, over 60 years later, the 21st-century Dreamachine has been radically re-imagined into a multisensory seated experience.
Like a modern kind of campfire, you’ll share your Dreamachine journey with a group of up to 32 people at a time. After your experience, you’ll be invited to reflect on what you heard and how you felt, by yourself or with others.
Dreamachine is presented by Collective Act and UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK in partnership with Edinburgh Science as part of Edinburgh International Festival.
There are two versions of the Dreamachine relaxed experience:
The Deep Listening experience is an immersive 360 degree spatial audio experience, with a gentle lightscape and has been designed to make the experience as accessible as possible. Please note that the Deep Listening experience itself has not been adapted – the experience is an immersive 360 degree spatial audio experience, with a gentle lightscape. It does not contain fast flashing lights. It has been designed to make the experience more accessible to customers who may be sensitive to strobe lighting or high sensory environments.
There is also a High Sensory version of the Dreamachine experience, which uses fast flashing bright lights, known as strobe lighting, with 360-degree spatial audio to create a deeply immersive experience. For many people, the effects of the lights and the music will generate colourful patterns and visuals behind your closed eyes. You will need to complete a pre-booking form before booking the High Sensory experience.
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This immersive experience has been created by Collective Act, directed by Jennifer Crook, in a unique collaboration with Turner Prize-winning artists Assemble, Grammy® nominated composer Jon Hopkins, leading neuroscientists Professor Anil Seth and Dr David Schwartzman (University of Sussex), philosopher Professor Fiona Macpherson (University of Glasgow), sound designer Christopher Shutt, and technologists Dev Joshi and Holition.
Commissioned as part of UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK, with support from Belfast City Council, EventScotland and Creative Wales.
This event is suitable for ages 18+. You can book up to four tickets at a time.
In line with our commitment to environmental sustainability, we would encourage you to opt for electronic tickets, however, if you choose to receive your tickets in the post you will be charged £2 for postage. If you are using e-tickets, please download them in advance of your visit so that they are available offline and ensure that your phone is sufficiently charged.
We encourage customers to book online or by phone, but if you require in-person assistance with your booking you can arrange an appointment by contacting us on email@example.com or +44 (0) 131 473 2000. The Edinburgh International Festival Box Office is based at The Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NE.
Please arrive at the venue ten minutes early. Doors will open at this time before every scheduled session. If you have not checked in by your session start time, you will not be admitted.
The Deep Listening experience does not contain strobe lighting. If you are sensitive to loud music, ear defenders can be provided.
Access Pass members can book tickets for wheelchair spaces, wheelchair transfers and essential companions. If you would prefer to not sit in your wheelchair for the experience, there is an upright seating option with armrests that you can book online by selecting the wheelchair transfer ticket type.
Anyone who may not be comfortable getting in or out of low, reclined seating can also request the upright seating option with armrests by contacting our box office at firstname.lastname@example.org or +44 (0) 131 473 2000.
Our teams are aware of the diversity of access requirements and are here to support you. For more detail on our access provision please visit https://dreamachine.world/access/. If you would like to discuss your access requirements in more detail, please contact us at email@example.com
Filming and photography is not allowed during the immersive experience.
We anticipate high demand for this event, so will be unable to organise date and time exchanges for people who have already booked. Instead, please book new tickets for an alternative available performance of your choice and contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to cancel your previous booking.
If you or anyone in your household has had any recent COVID-19 symptoms, please stay at home for everyone’s safety.
The Festival will follow Scottish Government and City of Edinburgh Council health and safety recommendations at all times to ensure the safety of our audiences, artists and team. Please continue to check our Visit Us page for the latest COVID-19 safety measures at the International Festival.
More details on Dreamachine
We recommend that you visit the Dreamachine FAQs page for more information on the experience.
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