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Audio Description Content

What is Audio Description (AD)?

Audio description is the auditory narration of visual representations such as films, exhibitions and live performances, describing the visual elements of a scene or settings, actions and costumes. It is particularly beneficial to people who are blind or have low vision, offering an understanding of what is being represented visually.

Explore Sydney Opera House Audio Description experiences below. 

Badu Gili – AD

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Badu Gili – AD

Badu Gili – meaning ‘water light’ in the language of the traditional owners of Bennelong Point, the Gadigal people – is a daily experience that explores ancient First Nations stories in a spectacular seven-minute projection, illuminating the Opera House’s eastern Bennelong sail year-round at sunset and 9pm

A celebration of the rich history and contemporary vibrancy of Australia’s First Nations culture, Badu Gili continues the traditions of Bennelong Point, formerly known as Tubowgule ('where the knowledge waters meet'), a gathering place for community, ceremony and storytelling for thousands of years.

Vivid LIVE ‘Lighting of the Sails’ Audio Creatures – AD

Breath-takingly imaginative Sydney creative Ash Bolland presents Creatures, paired with tailor-made soundscapes by Brazil’s foremost sound designer Amon Tobin. Bolland initially honed his skills in detailed, precise 3D art and striking graphic design before working as a writer and director for Nintendo and more of the world’s biggest ad campaigns. Amon Tobin’s career in electronic music and audio manipulation spans over 20 years, most famously through his spikey, propulsive, uncompromising work for Ninja Tune and on the Cannes Palme d'Or nominated film, Divine Intervention.

This year, as part of VIVID the pair collaborated on a visceral, visionary work to transport onlookers of Jorn Utzon’s famous sails to a parallel universe beneath the harbour line and beyond the jungle walls. 

"Essentially the idea is taking the Opera House and making the whole building turn into something that produces audio and is organic."

Ash Bolland

Audio Creatures Virtual Reality Experience - AD

Vivid, Sydney’s festival of light, saw Director Ash Bolland create a stunning 3D projection film for the sails of Sydney Opera House, in what was one of the most spectacular Vivid showings in recent years.

Utilising one of the dream-like creatures from the sails projection, Ash’s creative leads Tyrone Estephan and Raymond Leung concepted and created a truly immersive VR experience to complement Ash Bolland’s film, where the viewer gets to spend time with the creature in its other-worldly dimension, eventually being swallowed in a kaliedescope of evolving color.

Set to a beautiful soundtrack by composer Amon Tobin, the film ‘The Last Audio Creature in Virtual Reality’ has been designed for children of all ages.

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