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Inventions in Sound







30 min


disability language


[Sound of sky splitting]


[Sound of heart accelerating]

[Sound of shadows behind a door]


The poet Raymond Antrobus explores the art of translating sound for the eye, looking at the poetic possibilities of closed captions.


What can these captions – designed to illuminate the sound world of a film or TV show – reveal about how we conceive of sound itself?


Raymond speaks to fellow D/deaf poets and artists to explore their experiences navigating the spaces between the words. Are closed captions just a simple act of transcription – [Doorbell rings] – or a more subjective act of translation? How might we reimagine them?

[Sound of something invented]


Featuring the sound artist Christine Sun Kim, poet Meg Day, filmmaker and founding member of FWD Doc Lindsey Dryden and the captioner Calum Davidson from Red Bee Media. With poetic captions inspired by the work of Christine Sun Kim.


This documentary has been produced in three forms – as a radio broadcast, as a transcript with annotations from Raymond, and as a subtitled video. – The producers

Presenter & Writer Raymond Antrobus

Producer Eleanor McDowall

Mixing Engineer Mike Woolley

Executive Producer Alan Hall

Translation Jurgita Astrauskienė

Subtitles Ignė Narbutaitė

Raymond Antrobus

London to an English mother and a Jamaican father. He is the author, most recently, of “The Perseverance” (Tin House, 2020) and “All the Names Given” (Tin House, 2021) as well as a children’s picture book, “Can Bears Ski?” (Candlewick Press, 2020). He is the 2019 recipient of the Ted Hughes Award as well as the Sunday Times / University of Warwick Young Writer of the Year Award, and he became the first poet to be awarded the Rathbone Folio Prize. He divides his time between London and New Orleans, and is an advocate for several D/deaf charities including Deaf Kidz International and National Deaf Children’s Society.

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