When I started working freelance in theatre sound, the British Musicians’ Union had a strict rule regarding the recording of music for theatre productions in London’s West End. Developed to make sure musicals didn’t rely on pre-recorded soundtracks, the rule was simple: If you used recorded music, you had to pay each musician as though he or she was in the theatre every night. What’s more, the musicians who were on the soundtrack were not allowed to work on any other show or in any other ...

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