Checkpoint Conversations: Beyond the Sound Desk
As a musician and producer, Shah Tahir’s rich and extensive experience over the past two decades has seen him work with notable musicians such as Dick Lee, Kit Chan, Jeremy Monteiro, Sheila Majid and Sandy Lam.
However, his passion lies in in designing and mixing sound for plays, musicals and theatrical productions of all sizes. Join Huzir Sulaiman in conversation with Shah Tahir as they discuss Shah’s philosophy and creative strategies in designing sound for theatre.
Checkpoint Conversations is a series of intimate dialogues between theatre practitioners and guests as they go beyond the rehearsal room to explore the themes, ideas and techniques they use in making compelling theatre.
“There is this saying– you know you have done a good job if nobody talks about sound after they have watched a performance. Because we tend to make the assumption that sound is always there; always running in the air. It is only when it stops that we notice that it is missing. So there is something very mysterious about sound design… It’s like music arrangement– it has to be natural, you are always trying to help the melody and there are times when you don’t interfere.”
– Sound Designer Shah Tahir, in conversation with Joint Artistic Director Huzir Sulaiman.