Here’s another blogger talking about using sound effects in your RPG. He raises some good logistic points, specifically about positioning your laptop behind a DM screen to better hide your actions, and using a playlist program like iTunes.
I love seeing this sort of thing. It tells me that the conversation we were working on back in 1996 is still going on in many places (the previous blog entry I linked to is more recent, but still…). Keep it going!
(but sometimes you don’t)
Tonight is final dress for Hobo Junction’s “The Regulars,” and tomorrow we open. I’ve been working since January on the musical arrangements for the show, and spent the last few days teching and tweaking. In the last few days we’ve added flutes, trumpets and many many more layers of electric guitar and moog synthesizer to the already epic score, making it even epic-er. The cast is kicking ass and taking names, and bottom line, you should come to see this show.
For more details on the process, please read Amy The Stage Manager’s blog, “Managing Hobo Junction’s Regularity.”
“The Regulars” runs May 7 – June 13 at the Apollo Theater in Chicago.
picture courtesy Amy Hopkins.
We’ve just finished the first in a series of short promotional videos for Chicago author Jean Latz Griffin’s “In The Same Breath.” The book traces the history of spiritual awakenings and realizations about the immanent nature of God/Spirit over the past 3000 years, and includes weekly readings from an incredible variety of ancient and modern writers. Christine Tobias’ stunning artwork, which we used in the video, ties the ages together.
For further discussion about Griffin’s philosophy of the non-dualistic immanence of Spirit, please read her blog, “God Swimming in God.”
(full disclosure: Jean Latz Griffin is Joe’s mother.)
I really love discussions of process and technique. Maybe it’s because I’m not a huge tech-head, but I’m always a little disappointed when I read an article about a big-time sound designer and all they talk about is where the speakers were placed and how many channels the mixing board had. It’s not that speaker placement and delay tower settings aren’t important. I’d just much rather read about how they built that ambience cue, or why they chose eBow guitars instead of cellos for the underscore. Even if I haven’t seen the show, this stirs my creative juices in a way that knowing where the monitors were hung does not. Sadly, the theatre publications I read rarely look at this side of the design job.
That said, this made me happy:
A couple of weeks ago I posted about designers attending rehearsals for shows they’re working on. Today over at Sound Design Concepts there’s a fantastic excerpt from an interview with sound designer Marty Desjardins wherein Desjardins talks about this as well.
“…for example, I don’t really refine the ideas until I start to see them in rehearsal with the cast. So it’s not just the text that’s informing me; it’s also the performances that are informing me and in order for me to have that information I’m gonna have to wait until I see it.”
He also talks about drawing inspiration from the other design departments. That’s something I’ve definitely enjoyed on past shows, and it’s really happening in a strong way on my current project, Measure For Measure with Promethean Theatre Company. One of the most fun things about that process so far is how the set designer and I are developing our design ideas in reaction to each other.
“…the timbres that I use in the design are oftentimes heavily influenced by the set design, although I don’t know that I can say exactly how or why. I can’t really put my finger on what it is in each design, but there are usually implications for me about what is going to sound right, what is going to sound like it belongs with that set. I mean, if a set has a lot of metal in it then that tells me something about the sound and also the nature of the way we’re telling the story compared to if it has a lot of wood in it. And it’s more nuanced than metal equals metallic sounds, but there is definitely a relationship there for me.”
The interview is being posted in segments; I highly suggest checking back for the next segment.
Someone I’ve recently become friends with suggested to me that I ought to start a blog. I have been thinking about it for awhile, and since establishing the Donny Who Loved Bowling Facebook page last month and the Toxic Bag Twitter feed yesterday, I figure I may as well drop back to mid-decade and finally start the blog as well. My concern, as I told my friend, was that I wouldn’t have much to say. We’ll just have to see how that turns out.