Format VR experience
Year 2022
With the support of Storyfutures, BBC, BFI
Festivals Storytrails 2022
Written & Directed by Sparsh Ahuja & Omi Gupta
Immersive Director Kye Dorricott
Creative Producer Lilian Hess
Sound Designer Alison Bown
Developer Miia Remahl
Studio No Ghost
Off the Record is a VR archival exploration celebrating British South Asians and their rich musical heritage, mapping the meteoric rise of Bhangra from the 1970s, to The Asian Underground and Punjabi Garage at the turn of the century. The experience depicts the early migration of South Asians to the UK, contrasting their struggle to integrate with the defiant self-expression of the second generation. Using AI and with the aid of cutting-edge technology, archival footage from the era is transformed into a 3D mesh, immersing the viewer inside the depths of this hidden part of history. Users are able to navigate the archive at free will and explore the range of different musical genres encapsulated in the subculture, all to the rhythm of an original soundtrack produced by London’s contemporary Daytimers collective.