The Trouble With Rick
A Sound from Within

The Trouble With Rick

Walking into a noisy restaurant, Rick Tarulli felt inundated by a barrage of sound–the effect of which was so overwhelming, he lost his balance. Every conversation in the room shouted at him, the scrape of knives on plates made his vision jump, and he could acutely make out the hum of the fridge in the back of the restaurant. Rick knew there was something going wrong inside but couldn't work it out. Neither could his doctors. Three years ago, Rick discovered that his symptoms were caused by superior canal dehiscence syndrome, a recently diagnosed condition that affects the inner ear. Commissioned by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Music Unit as part of the Figures in a Soundscape series, this program is a radiophonic exploration and impressionistic interpretation of how the world spoke to Rick. The piece features Rick Tarulli, and was produced, recorded and edited by Kyla Brettle. Executive Producer: Robyn Ravlich. Final audio mix: Garry Haverley at ABC studios in Southbank.