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Sound and Music for the Theatre: The Art & Technique of Design



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This is the 3rd edition with a publication date of 3/2/2009.

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For every phase of theatrical production, Sound and Music for the Theatre traces the entire process of sound design from initial concept through closing night. The book discusses the early evolution of a sound design that supports the play, from researching sources for music and effects to negotiating a contract. It shows how to organize the construction of the sound design elements, how the designer functions in a rehearsal, and how to set up and train an operator to run sound equipment for a theatrical production. This instructive information is interspersed with "war stories" describing real-life problems with solutions that sound designers and composers can apply in their own work. The new third edition still retains its focus on aesthetics, techniques, and process. However, it goes beyond to offer a brand new forum on sound reinforcement, unique information on computer-assisted playback systems, and a comprehensive perspective on using technology to build and execute shows. Features: *A fresh look at the technology used to build and execute shows *How to maximize the Internet as a major, important, every day resource for today's sound designers and composers *A new roundtable forum discussion with sound reinforcement designers that uncovers insights from the top professionals in this field *Everyday paperwork, new examples for sound plots and cue sheets to increase the variety of examples you can use or build upon

Author Biography

Deena Kaye, has composed, designed sound and directed music for more than 200 productions at theatres in New York and regionally, including The Public Theatre, The Acting Company, and the Berkeley Repertory Theatre. James LeBrecht is the founder of Berkeley Sound Artists and has served as the resident sound designer at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre. His more than 100 sound designs have been heard at major regional theatres throughout the country.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. viii
Preface to the First Editionp. x
Preface to the Second Editionp. xii
Preface to the Third Editionp. xiii
Introduction to the First and Second Edition by Richard Peasleep. xv
Introduction to the Third Edition by Mark Lamosp. xvii
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
The Art of Looking with the Ear by Tazewell Thompsonp. xxi
The Evolution of Sound Designp. 1
The Foundation of Sound Designp. 12
Developing the Concept and Designp. 40
Research, Resources, and Selectionp. 51
The Sound Plotp. 65
Working with the Theatre Companyp. 80
Preparing to Build the Cuesp. 95
Recording, Editing, and Refining Cuesp. 110
Rehearsalsp. 118
Running the Showp. 141
Approaches and Techniquesp. 167
Feedback: A Directors' and Playwrights' Forump. 186
More Feedback: A Sound Designers' and Composers' Forump. 223
No More Feedback: A Sound Reinforcement Forump. 289
Glossaryp. 307
Indexp. 313
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