PITCHBLACK PLAYBACK, The Capitol Cinema
Pitchblack Playback is a unique audio experience where you can hear upcoming and classic album releases loud, in full, in the dark, on a great sound system — with no distractions.
Born in London and now landing in Auckland following events in New York, Berlin, Paris and Tokyo, Pitchblack Playback will harness the power of The Capitol's cinema sound system to give you an immersive listening experience.
Your ticket will include a free Pitchblack Playback blindfold (yours to keep!) for extra darkness as we have to keep the fire exit lights on...
WHY DON'T YOU JUST LISTEN AT HOME ON YOUR HEADPHONES?
Because unless you're very lucky, we're guessing you don't own a massive cinema sound system. And is you do, we imagine your neighbours probably don't like you much.
Why ever go to the cinema if you can just download or stream the film to watch at home? Why go to a pub if you can drink at home? Besides, how often do you really put aside the time to just listen without any distractions?
There's something incredibly special about feeling the bass moving through your body, hearing the sound fill the space around you, and experiencing your favourite music is comfort, silently sharing the experience alongside other people. The combination of volume, the physicality of the low end and the darkness brings about a sort of meditative state. Basically don't knock it until you've tried it.
ARE OUR EVENTS REALLY HELD IN COMPLETE DARKNESS?
We've allowed ourselves a tiny bit of poetic license here (we love alliteration). We turn out all the house lights at our events to get the room as dark as possible, but fire safety regulations mean we have to keep fire lights on. So, at most of our events, you'll receive a Pitchblack Playback blindfold in case you want to completely immerse yourself.
WHAT HAPPENS AT OUR EVENTS?
You grab a drink if you want one, take your seat, kick back and relax. Before we start, we ask everyone to turn their phones to silent, to keep their phones in their pockets at all times, and to refrain from talking, whispering or singing.
We turn the lights out, play the album loud, in full, in the dark. And that's it. Food is usually available at our venues before and after the playback.