The Power of Sound
We speak to various audiophiles – from musicians to wildlife recordists to sound engineers, who are at the top of their game – about the expansive nature of sound and its ability to recall memories, evoke emotions and blow our minds. Whether it’s an epiphany at a concert, a sound that brings back your childhood or a moment of clarity from a brilliant pair of speakers, we learn what good audio means to our guests and how it has shaped their lives and careers.
The composer Nainita Desai is a master of innovative thinking in scores for film, television and games. She is best-known for her documentary work – including music for the Oscar-nominated ‘For Sama’ and a new Sundance-winning documentary that’s soon to be released called ‘The Reason I Jump’ – but her career has been multi-faceted. Desai has a background in maths and has also worked as a sound designer, which gives her a unique approach. In this episode, Desai discusses the techniques she came up with to reflect the experiences of autistic teenagers in ‘The Reason I Jump’ (from water-filled clarinets to improvising on cellos), how working with Peter Gabriel early in her career inspired her and why her job is to manipulate a viewer’s emotions.