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Colin Morgan to star in BBC Radio new programme “The Sonic Century: A New Art”

According to the BBC, Colin Morgan will lend his voice for the new BBC Radio 3 programme The Sonic Century: A New Art. He will play the role of Lance Sieveking. The program will be broadcast on Sunday, 23 October 2022.

Radio pioneer Lance Sieveking headed the BBC’s Programme Research Department in 1928 and saw radio as art and himself as an artist and producer. His book The Stuff of Radio, he described as “observations about a new art, comparing its technique with that of other arts. The Mystery of Painting with Sound.” Absorbing modernist theories and practices of the time, and influenced by the emerging field of psychoanalysis, he created innovative and experimental radio which fully exploited the creative potential of the new technology available to him.

In this feature we hear newly recorded extracts of Sieveking’s “first full-sized” 70-minute-long live radio “experiment”, The Kaleidoscope, a Rhythm, Representing the Life of Man from Cradle to Grave. Time travelling back to the BBC studios where Sieveking ‘conducted’ his experiment, the producer and composer Nina Perry creates a kaleidoscopic montage, made with modern-day audio technology, to reveal the daring complexity of what was at the time, an exceptional feat of live broadcasting involving seven different studios with actors, a choir, a quintet, a jazz band, sound effects and a full orchestra.

The actor Colin Morgan plays the role of Lance Sieveking, London Bubble Young Theatre Makers perform a reading of Kaleidoscope and discuss their impressions of the script exploring how Sieveking and his experimental storytelling in sound resonates for us now. Radio artist Magz Hall, historian of the BBC David Hendy and Lance’s son Paul Sieveking share their in-depth research and fascination for Lance Sieveking – revealing him to be a multimedia artist ahead of his time and a captivating, unconventional and hugely significant figure in the history of broadcasting.