John Leonard

Back It Up
Back in the days of reel-to-reel show tapes, I tended to make backups of any show that I thought ought to be preserved, and a copy would be made for the archive.
There Are Places I Remember 
Being a peripatetic sound designer means that I spend a good deal of my life in various hotel rooms in various cities and in various countries.
Golden Oldies  4
John Leonard discusses the value placed on some items that have become desirable far beyond their seeming worth.
Critical Mess  1
It is only recently, with the recognition of sound design as a creative discipline worthy of inclusion in awards ceremonies, that critics have started to pay particular, if sometimes inaccurate, attention to our craft.
Who's On The Phone? 
Somehow, I’ve amassed a collection of around 200 phones of one sort or another, simply by taking the responsibility away from the props department.
You're Surrounded, Part Two: Surround Sound Design In Theatre  1
The following is a continuation of a discussion from You're Surrounded, Part One. I use surround in many ways to achieve different effects, to enhance atmosphere, to unnerve or frighten an audience, or to recreate a particular acoustic.
You're Surrounded, Part One: Surround Sound Design In Theatre 
If you’ve been paying the least bit of attention to this series of ramblings, you’ll have realized that my formative years, aurally speaking, were in the late 1960s and early 1970s, a particularly rich period for innovation, both in terms of music and audio development.
Happy Anniversary!
This is the year of anniversaries, especially that of the Macintosh computer.
Searching In Vain  2
Very rarely have I driven down through a music site search engine until I reach what a computer algorithm thinks is something I might like or find useful.
Upgrade And/Or Die 

I know I tend to bang on about the good old days a bit, but a recent set of problems got me thinking, which is why you’re reading this.

Tooled Up (Warning: Contains Reminiscences And Trade Names) 
Somewhere along the way, I’d lost, loaned, or had purloined almost every one of the tools that had been my constant companions back in those circuit-building and fault-finding days of yore.
Shifting some boxes the other day, I came across the manual for my first new tape machine...
Just A Song (Fully Cleared For Public Performance) At Twilight... 
Obtaining rights for the use of copyright music in theatre productions, both in the US and in the UK, can be a tortuous task. Increasingly, major labels want to negotiate on a per-show basis, but their frame of reference is often limited to film or television, and their awareness of the state of most theatre companies’ financial affairs is virtually nil.
The Smallest Show On Earth 
My almost certain-to-be longest-running sound design ever is not in a theatre or an exhibition. It sits in a gallery in one of London’s most popular historic house museums, The Wallace Collection, in Manchester Square, a stone’s throw away from the busy shopping area that is Oxford Street.
Miking It Better 
Recently, I decided that I needed to add a microphone or two to my microphone stock
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