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Sound and Music for the Theatre, 3rd Edition by James LeBrecht, Deena Kaye

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The Foundation of Sound Design

One summer I visited the Civil War battleground at Gettysburg. I had been designing sound for a World War I drama and several Shakespeare plays that had called for various sounds of battle and war from several different periods. The battleground had many small hills and distant mountains, high grasses, and stands of trees. Of course, there were also monuments and statues that had not existed back then, but there was a fort and markings of barracks and cannon sites. As I stood in the relative quiet of this historical site, I became very aware of the silence and I started vividly imagining the sound of those past battles. There were many tourists there that day. I couldn’t help but wonder if, as they were imagining ...

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