Qobuz and Pitchblack Playback Bring ‘All-in-the-Dark’ Listening Sessions to NYC

London’s popular “Pitchblack Playback” all-in-the-dark, cinema-style listening experience is coming to New York City next week.

Qobuz, the Paris-based high-resolution streaming service, has teamed with the organizers of Pitchblack Playback to bring screenings of Bon Iver’s self-titled album Bon Iver to the state-of-the-art Dolby Screen Room at 1350 6th Ave. (at W. 54th St.) in Midtown on Tuesday, January 21. There will be two sessions, one at 8:30 p.m. and one at 9:30 p.m. Tickets cost $14.

In a unique twist, attendees are blindfolded to ensure complete sensory deprivation and a heightened, visceral listening experience, and latecomers are not permitted to enter the theater.

The session is first of three inaugural events that will be held in New York City with two more to follow in February (2/13) and March. Details to be announced.

More than 10,000 Pitchback Playback tickets have been to date sold in London. The concept is the brainchild of Ben Gomori, who says the sessions aren’t specifically aimed at audiophiles but music lovers who value the album as an art form and want to hear favorite records played through the “most immersive, detailed and visceral sound experience possible. You’ll feel the bass in your body and hear details you never noticed before.”

Ticket information is available here.