And used the word ‘chunk’ as a real-life composer. Not a great quality video, and I’m certainly a scruff, but nice to keep these things somewhere. The piece we are talking about can be found elsewhere on this site.
Music at the RSC
Two short but excellent videos from the Royal Shakespeare company about the composition and preparation for music for the stage. Enjoy.
What is diegesis? Diegesis is a term used in film music to discribe the way in which the elements of film relate to the narrative the film is telling. In film music, it is simple way of describing the function of music: if it occurs within the world of the characters (i.e. someone could hear it) it… Continue reading Diegesis
Who does what?
So, what does everybody do? When you read a programme you can see all sorts of music related jobs, many of which sound like the same thing. I’ve provided a brief outline of the most common roles below. Of course, many of these will be done by the same person in a smaller production, and… Continue reading Who does what?
Sunday Silliness: Vuvuzela
People seem to have forgotten how big the vuvuzela was for the few short weeks in June 2010. I particularly loved this veideo because of: The novel use of instruments in a musical setting. The completely deadpan delivery. The calibre of the musicians involved. Enjoy!
Music would be better without audiences…
The New York Philharmonic, the oldest symphony orchestra in the United States, and also the orchestra with historically the most restive audience members, has announced the planned installation of a new “Listener Speedy Exit Ramp” which will enable to patrons to leave their seats either during or after a performance in less than 2.5 seconds.… Continue reading Music would be better without audiences…
Korean Musical Theatre
This blog is mostly about western music and western theatre, but I think it provides an interesting viewpoint to look at the theatrical and musical traditions of another culture. This weeks history focus revolves around an article by ethnomusicologist Andrew Killick. He examines the various genres of traditional Korean Theatre with music, and provides an… Continue reading Korean Musical Theatre
Finding and Using (Mostly Free) Sound Effects
Finding and using the right sound effect is difficult when starting out. While sound effects libraries aim to make finding the exact right type of running-water effect a simple task, the money needed to buy and license these effects can be prohibitive. Finding Sounds Record Your Own By far the best method of getting sound effects… Continue reading Finding and Using (Mostly Free) Sound Effects
Underscoring (the process of accompanying speech or action with sound or music) as a science as much as it is an art. It requires a careful understanding of the action onstage and a sensitive tailoring of the music to interweave exactly with the narrative of word and action. Nowadays we are far more familiar with… Continue reading Underscoring
The main difference between theatre music and music for film or games or festivals isn’t the technology or the venue, it’s the fact that theatre is performed for a live and responsive audience. It may not seem like this would affect sound and music, but coping with audience reaction is a vital part of balancing and cuing music and sound. For… Continue reading On Audiences