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Proof-of-concept sonic storyboard designed to re-imagine Donna Tartt’s 1992 novel, The Secret History, as con-
tinuous stream of musical moments. This storyboard demonstrates the ways in which narrative, character and
place can emerge from the arrangement and overlaying of pre-existing recordings, and how the absence of char-
acter dialogue and/or spoken narration can be turned to an aesthetic advantage. The result is an atmospheric
audio journey that closely follows the novel’s narrative structure as it moves seamlessly between the main char-
acter’s inner and outer world.



Written by Donna Tartt. First published in the USA by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. 1992.           Full-length: 58:27min


Proof-of-concept sonic storyboard designed to re-imagine Donna Tartt’s 1992 novel, The Secret History, as continuous stream of musical moments. This storyboard demonstrates the ways in which narrative, character and place can emerge from the arrangement and overlaying of pre-existing recordings, and how the absence of character dialogue and/or spoken narration can be turned to an aesthetic advantage. The result is an atmospheric audio journey that closely follows the novel’s narrative structure as it moves seamlessly between the main character’s inner and outer world.


Written by Donna Tartt. First published in the USA by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. 1992.

Full-length: 58:27min