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.
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.
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.
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.
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.