Abstract

This project is a collaboration between theatrical sound design and music composition departments. Our goals for this are professional grade recordings of experimental compositional pieces for the underscoring of this spring’s main stage production: Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Working together we can experiment with different ways of crafting and experimenting with sounds. Through this process we hope to expand the way all parts of the team think about creating feeling within an audience. Working together will be is a way of creating something that neither team member could create individually. We can raise the level of sound design for productions at Kent State University, and increase both the exposure of the composer’s work as well as their levels of experimentation.

For this undertaking we are using the various spaces available to the sound design team. These include: Wright-Curtis Theatre, the recording studio, rehearsal spaces, and the recording suites. The first step is creating the original notations for musicians to perform. The sound designer and composer will work to together to come up with the desired notation and arrangement for various pieces. After this we contact the performers of the assorted instruments in the arrangement and record them. The next steps are mastering the tracks and adding any synthetic tones to the mix. We want to be as specific as possible with each track. We will use this remaining time to do any final touches and work together with the director.

Modified Abstract

This project is a collaboration between theatrical sound design and music composition departments. Our goals for this are professional grade recordings of experimental compositional pieces for the underscoring of this spring’s main stage production: Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Working together we can experiment with different ways of crafting and experimenting with sounds. Through this process we hope to expand the way all parts of the team think about creating feeling within an audience. We can raise the level of sound design for productions at Kent State University, and increase both the exposure of the composer’s work as well as their levels of experimentation.

Research Category

Art/Fashion

Author Information

Stewart BlackwoodFollow

Primary Author's Major

Theatre Studies

Mentor #1 Information

Associate Professor Nicholas Drashner

Presentation Format

Poster

Start Date

21-3-2017 1:00 PM

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Research Area

Composition | Other Theatre and Performance Studies

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Mar 21st, 1:00 PM

Sound Design & Composition Studio Collaboration

This project is a collaboration between theatrical sound design and music composition departments. Our goals for this are professional grade recordings of experimental compositional pieces for the underscoring of this spring’s main stage production: Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Working together we can experiment with different ways of crafting and experimenting with sounds. Through this process we hope to expand the way all parts of the team think about creating feeling within an audience. Working together will be is a way of creating something that neither team member could create individually. We can raise the level of sound design for productions at Kent State University, and increase both the exposure of the composer’s work as well as their levels of experimentation.

For this undertaking we are using the various spaces available to the sound design team. These include: Wright-Curtis Theatre, the recording studio, rehearsal spaces, and the recording suites. The first step is creating the original notations for musicians to perform. The sound designer and composer will work to together to come up with the desired notation and arrangement for various pieces. After this we contact the performers of the assorted instruments in the arrangement and record them. The next steps are mastering the tracks and adding any synthetic tones to the mix. We want to be as specific as possible with each track. We will use this remaining time to do any final touches and work together with the director.