Price of Secrecy [2019] - radio atlas

It was a pleasure to work with the highly talented Zoha Zokaei on Price of Secrecy - a podcast series in Farsi about unspoken secrets . Storytelling can take many forms. This alternative episode, the fifth and final in the podcast series, was an attempt to explore a different kind of storytelling form by combining interviews in the present between Zoha and the therapist, with a highly stylised treatment of music and sound to portray the (imagined) psychological journey of the lead character.

Price of Secrecy is a fictionalised podcast series that addresses some of the legal, social, cultural and familial constraints that contribute to the silence around the issue of child sexual abuse in Iran. At the heart of the series is the question - 'why, as members of society, are we failing to listen to the victims of child sexual abuse?'. A question that takes the responsibility of breaking the silence away from the victim and introduces it as a social responsibility.

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Naptha [2018]

Naptha screens this month at Cannes Film Festival as part of the the festival’s Critics Week section.

Faraz’s quiet life working at an isolated petrol station is turned upside down when his ageing father, Malik, begins to speak in a long-forgotten language and insists on returning back home. More information here.

Director: Moin Hussain
Supervising Sound Editor: Rob Szeliga
Dialogue Editor: John Cohen
Composer: Tim Morrish

Sep-Nov 2018 Projects

A selection of recent projects [Sep-Nov 2018]:

Sir John Lubbock's Pet Wasp [2018] dir. Ossie Parker & Laurie Hill • Animation
Sound Design: Rob Szeliga
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Listen to My Song [2018] dir. Danny Mitchell • Documentary
Sound Design: John Cohen, Rob Szeliga
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High Passes [2018] dir. Cosima Barzini • Documentary
Sound Design: Rob Szeliga
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Hong Kong West Kowloon Station [2018] / [edit] • Promotional Video
Architect Andrew Bromberg at Aedas
Music and Sound: Rob Szeliga
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Steam Engines

Thus we are approaching noise-sound. This revolution of music is paralleled by the increasing proliferation of machinery sharing in human labor. In the pounding atmosphere of great cities as well as in the formely silence countryside, machines creat today such a large number of varied noises that pure sound, with its littleness and its monotony, now fails to arouse any emotion. [Art of Noise, 1913 - Luigi Russolo]

Every once in awhile I'm able to flee the isolation of the studio and venture out into the real world in search of new noises. Last week was one such an occasion when sound designer John Cohen and myself travelled to Wanborough village just outside Swindon to record the sounds of several Victorian and Edwardian-era traction engines. We managed to capture a whole range of hisses, creaks, clangs and chugging mechanical rhythms that would have made Russolo proud - a soundscape of an altogether more industrial age.

Many thanks to Colin Hatch at Hatch Heritage and Steam Engineers for allowing us to record these fascinating machines.

John Cohen excavating the sonic innards of a traction engine

John Cohen excavating the sonic innards of a traction engine