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Overview

This is the only comprehensive text that discusses the aesthetics of sound design for the stage. It is a practical and comprehensive guide to the field of sound design, covering the designer's relationships within the theatre community and detailing the process of sound design. The focus is on design approaches and techniques, rather than equipment operation.


For every phase of theatrical production, Sound and Music for the Theatre traces the entire process of sound design from initial concept through finished plan. The book discusses the early evolution of a sound design that supports the play. It discusses how to research sources for music and effects, devise a sound plot, and negotiate in a contract. It explains how to plan the gathering and construction of the sound design elements; how the designer operates in a rehearsal; and how to set up and train an operator to run sound equipment for a theatrical production. The instructive information is interspersed with "war stories" describing real-life problems and solutions that sound designers or composers will be able to apply in similar situations that they may encounter. Also included are two highly informative roundtable discussions with well-respected directors, playwrights, composers and sound designers focusing on sound in the theatre.

Audience: Sound design courses from undergraduate to graduate level. Professionals interested in the aesthetic use of sound. Composers and directors will find this book to be an essential guide to the art and science of designing sound for the stage.

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An excellent look inside the sound designer's process. finally, a book unencumbered by complex diagrams of equipment & focusing on design. I thank you, and my students thank you.

"An excellent book! A great breakdown of the art of sound design and how it fits in today's theatre."
-William Liotta, Tulane University

-i like the specific comments on cues
-good, practical information
-"Running the Show" seems confusing
-wish it spoke to speaker placement in auditoriums
-nice material in the "Approaches and Techniques" chapter

great design book
nice to have a resource book for sound that does not include equipment specs

"I have used the first edition of this book for years and I am very happy with the new edition. The inclusion of CD/MD and computer technology is great fro students and old hands alike."
-Michael Oncle, University of Memphis

"great book...i appreciate its focus on design and process not technology"

"Every phase of the production process is covered in detail, along with a host of anecdotal examples from the personal experiences of the authors. In all, it's ideal reading for those involved in the creative aspect of theatre sound rather than the practical operation."
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Two sound designers advance theater beyond sound effects per se with psychoacoustics, the science taking into account the personal ways in which sound shapes experience. Includes feedback on sound from directors, playwrights, sound designers, and composers. A glossary covers basic and digital terms. Lacks references. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780240803715
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Table of Contents

The Evolution of Sound Design; The Foundation of Sound Design; Developing the Concept and Design; Research, Resources, and Selection; The Sound Plot; Working witht the Theatre Company; Preparing to Build the Cues; Recording, Editing, and Refining Cues; Rehearsals; Running the Show; Approaches and Techniques; Feedback: A Director's and Playwright's Forum; More Feedback: A Sound Designer's and Composer's Forum; Glossary; Additional Resources; Index

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