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We take a leaf through Ben Wheatley's record collection

The Sightseers, High Rise and Free Fire director takes us from mono to stereo to cinema surround sound via Minecraft, minimalism… and Happy Mondays

“I grew up with music and my first choice is The Beatles – not just because it’s Sgt Pepper but because it’s my dad’s copy. The stuff we do [as filmmakers] is about designing sound for cinemas. This is the mono copy and, as pop music, was designed to be heard on a Dansette or on quite shitty hi-fi gear as no one had anything expensive at that time so it sounds quite thin and flat in comparison to the reissues you hear now. We didn’t have a lot of records but I like that my parents would have listened to this and I can hear the exact sound that they did. I’ve listened to this all my life and up to about 1990 it always sounded modern and experimental.

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