Sound has always been a part of the theatre experience - from drumming by the fireside in prehistoric times through today’s THX film extravaganzas. Aristotle saw fit to include ‘sound/mood/music’ among the six essential theatre elements. Few of us have ever heard the actual voices of Morgan Freeman or Lady Gaga, the London Philharmonic or the Beatles. Elvis was dead before any of you were born, yet these sounds and so many others are instantly recognizable to us because someone recorded them and found ways to relay the sound for us today.
We can divide theatre sound into categories of reinforcement, recording and reproduction. The scope of this course must be broad in order to cover these areas, and provide each of you with an appreciation of the art of the professional sound designer, and personally be able to accomplish the basic sound operations in an educational or community theatre environment. These are a small part of what we need to look at this semester. It will take serious study, it will involve a good deal of work outside of class, and it will involve some creative thought. If any of those three elements seem beyond what you have to give this semester – drop early to save money and time.
Almost everything we’ll record, mix and replay, will be digital.
The instructor reserves the right to adjust or cancel assignments as the course progresses. If, for some reason, assignments administered total somewhat more or fewer than 100 points, the method of obtaining the final grade will remain essentially the same: the total points achieved will be divided by the total points possible to obtain a percentage.
Theatre Sound Projects
Signal flow diagram
Speaker placement plot
No Papers Required.
Absences cost ½ a final letter grade each.
Schedule – Fall 2013 Sound
Readings indicated are from Sound and Music for the Theatre
Date Reading and/or Activity Project
Aug. 27 Evolution of theatre sound - Chapter 1
29 Foundations - Chapter 2
Handout on Mixer
Sept. 03 No Class
05 Concept & Design & Research - Chapter 3 & 4
12 Sound Plot – Chapter 5 Project #1 Due
17 Work w/ Company, Build - Chapter 6 & 7
19 Recording, Editing, Refining - Chapter 8
24 “ Project #2 Due
26 Mixing in Pro Tools
Oct. 01 Project #3 Due
03 Equalization in Pro Tools
08 Rehearsals – Chapter 9 Work in class on Project #4 Due
10 No Class
15 Running the show – Chapter 10
17 Approaches and techniques – Chapter 11 Project #5 Due
22 Work in class on project #6
24 Intro to SFX
29 Present Project #6
31 Paperwork due for Project #7
Nov. 05 Proposal for final Project #9 Due
07 Work on Project #8
12 Work in class Project #7 Due
14 Work in class
19 Project #8 paperwork Due
21 No Class
26 Present Project #8
28 Thanksgiving Break
Dec. 03 Work in class on Project #9
FINAL EXAM Project #9 Due