If you've gathered that at some point I decided to back out of doing theatre, it was this particular production experience which became the anvil to break the horse's back. But instead I want to stay positive and write about how I utterly destroyed the intentions behind this theatre's abysmal audio system to accomplish my … Continue reading Abusing [çå∫®ˆ¬¬ø]’s Mainstage Theatre
Most collegiate a cappella concerts aren't going to have a single handheld microphone for every singer.
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
...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 "cohority" that is truly committed to a set of goals. There is group support. There is an identity (generally … Continue reading The Problem With Collegiate A Cappella Groups (Part 1)