Actually, it's my second. And actually, I don't know if they're called "Billie" awards anymore (originally a nod to the Tony awards for Broadway theatre). The NYA National Youth Arts Awards (originally NYT, since it started off as theatre-only) is an awesome organization started by Rob Hopper to honor and invigorate the youth theatre artists … Continue reading I got a Billie award in Sound Design!
I would not walk 500 miles because when I wake up, I can just roll out of bed and "virtual reality" myself into the theatre.I worked for 7 hours at the theatre today without needing to put on pants, and I'll even tell you how I did it. But first, a question: WHY? There are … Continue reading Theatrical Sound Design – 500 Miles Away
May 19, 2017 - I had ALWAYS wanted to record (and later mix-down) every channel of a fully amplified and amazing concert, and today was that day. (Audio at bottom) UCSB's Naked Voices – Website - Facebook - Twitter - Youtube – Spotify – hired me for their huge end-of-year concert bash. I had previously … Continue reading Naked Voices and 17 Wireless Mics
Today I preach from atop the musical theatre soapbox For what it's worth, let me say that this is thus far the most challenging post I've written. And that I believe this to be fundamentally important for a successful production. Wikipedia says that sound design is "the process of specifying, acquiring, manipulating or generating audio … Continue reading The Difference Between Sound Design and, um… Sound Design
2005 marked my first official sound design in musical theatre. Well, "design" is a strong word for what I did... to scrounge up limited resources in an attempt to amplify singers over the band. It was for Hair produced by Fritz Theatre. There's still an extant review for it, wherein my work received an honorable … Continue reading The Relationship of Sound to Theatre
...continued from previous post, wherein I trash aspiring sound engineers. It takes a lot of finesse to present a cappella music in the way we expect it to sound. I know that many collegiate a cappella groups rely on their college's sound reinforcement services to provide amplification for their events. Great! It's fantastic that this … Continue reading The Problem With Collegiate A Cappella Groups (Part 2)
First off, what's even that great about being in an a cappella group anyway? Lots of things. I've worked closely with a couple and gotten to see some of that world first-hand. First off, it's a legitimate "cohority" (like a non-gendered fraternity or sorority). The cohort is truly committed to a set of goals. There … Continue reading The Problem With Collegiate A Cappella Groups (Part 1)
Can we talk about Autotune... or rather, pitch manipulation? I saw the new live-action Beauty and the Beast, and I absolutely loved it. Alan Menken is one of my top 5 favorite composers, and this particular story has always captivated me. (When I first got into musical theatre, I only really cared about the story … Continue reading Disney’s Beauty and the [Autotune]
A recent interaction, related below, caused me to revisit the idea of keeping a blog on my adventures in audio. So it's only proper that my first post should relate this experience.