QCODE shows what Apple Podcasts could be if it embraced premium audio

QCODE has announced the release date for its all-new fantasy epic podcast series Empire Birds. I received an early version of episode one, and it’s an amazing audio experience well worth sitting down in a comfy chair, pouring a cup of coffee, closing your eyes, and letting your imagination run wild. transfer your mind to another world. It’s unlike any audiobook or podcast you’ve ever experienced.

The next series from writer and producer Jason Lew (HBO’s Insecure) is described as a “modern folk epic in the vein of game of thrones which mixes history, fantasy and myth. According to QCODE, this is the company’s largest release to date. The series consists of eight episodes lasting approximately 45 minutes each.

If I had to describe it in one sentence, I’d say it’s comparable to the first time I watched the the Lord of the Rings in the theater, but in a cinematic audio experience. When paired with quality headphones (I used the new AirPods Pro), it’s a completely immersive experience. The show is set in New Dakota, but it’s 15,000 CE and thousands of years have passed since the fall of civilization.

Earth has reclaimed the cities and glories of the modern world, reducing humanity to prehistoric tribal life. The ancient world is known only through myths and fables passed down from lost generations. Barely surviving, humanity reverted to a way of life more resembling the civilizations of the ancient past: bears, rams, birds, and wolves.

Book 1 – The Age of Dawn serves as an introduction to each of the four youths of the clans as we see the rise of New Earth’s first empire. The first season (Book 1) consists of 8 episodes – four full episodes, each focusing on one of the clans and between each there are four “Legends and Lore” episodes which give more information on the history of the world from the point of view of the character of the storyteller (The Keeper).

The Birds of Empire cast is led by Bianca Norwood (We crashed)Jorge Diaz (American Carnage), Jacques Colimon (The society), and Ashley Romans (Y: The Last Man). The show will be QCODE’s first attempt at the world of immersive fantasy storytelling. Additionally, the QCODE Sound design team has teamed up with Randy Torres, who has previously worked on projects such as Principle, Interstellarand Dunkirk. Book 1 is mixed in spatial audio with DOLBY ATMOS for an amazing experience.

The series is expected to arrive on Apple podcast (with a QCode+ Option), Spotify, CoveredWhere wherever podcasts are available November 28. As someone who has already experimented (yes, experienced is the only word to describe it), this is poised to be one of the most listened to podcasts of the holiday season.

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As someone who has listened to audiobooks for over 20 years, I’m so glad to see the continued rise of dramatic storytelling for audio-only experiences. I like to let my mind transport me to another world by closing my eyes. From an accessibility perspective, it allows people who can’t enjoy the normal cinematic experience to immerse themselves in another world. While Birds of Empire has no indication of what’s to come from audio-based storytelling, the future is bright. QCODE has more than two dozen shows mastered in Dolby ATMOS and ready for distribution as soon as this technology is supported by the various podcast platforms.

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