So, years ago, in a time of greater leisure, I became intrigued by what I now see has been called the Melvyn Bragg Abrupt Opener – the most magnificent examples of which are to be heard in his Radio 4 programme In Our Time. After discovering that Oliver Burkeman shared this curiosity, I became unhinged enough to start cutting together the top of the show in order to experience the full, cumulative effect of being repeatedly taken back to the year 1493 (etc) at the drop of a hat. Now that In Our Time is about to celebrate a 20th anniversary, and the New Yorker has even picked up on the "abrupt opener", I've decided to share this audio futility.
I wrote the music and created the sound design for this six-part drama – the Guardian's first foray in to such things.
"The six-part series explores the challenges of growing up in today’s world through the stories of five friends who are reunited ten years after leaving university. Adulting was created by award-winning radio producer Simon Barnard and writer Eddie Robson, who has produced scripts for Doctor Who and Hollyoaks. Adulting cast includes Hannah Murray and Joe Dempsie from Game of Thrones and Skins, Pearl Mackie who played Bill Potts in Doctor Who, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett from Misfits, and Kathryn Wilder who starred as Ophelia opposite Tom Hiddleston’s Hamlet at RADA."
Have a listen here: Adulting
Here's a trailer for another virtual reality project for the Guardian I worked on, providing music and sound design. I also did the location recording, music and sound design and mix for Beat the Hustler, a 360 film with some interaction, filmed in London. All of which reminds me of this Berger & Wyse cartoon …
I've composed the music and created the sound design for this Panoply podcast, produced by Chalk & Blade – a great exploration of what lies beneath everyday stories of spookery. From the Panoply website:
"Do ghosts exist? If not, why do we see them? In each episode Danny Robins looks at a real life ghost story in forensic detail trying to work out what really happened, with the help of experts, sceptics and the people who witnessed something they just can't explain.
Danny visits a famous racetrack where drivers return from the dead; sees a suburban house haunted by a racist ex-tenant; talks to a widower who shares his bed with a phantom; and meets the parents who became convinced a ghost wanted to kill their baby daughter."
A series of podcast tales for kids heading – or being dragged – on holiday, gleefully mashing up local folklore, written by Paul Magrs and virtuosically read by Andrew Scott. This was for the Guardian in collaboration with Airbnb. I wrote the music and did the sound design. Choose from Jack the Giant Killer, The Wandering Knight of Zagreb, The Dragon of Palma de Mallorca, Pinochio and the Field of Miracles, The Legend of the Almond Trees.