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

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Preparing to Build the Cues

A brilliant sound design or composition is only a collection of ideas and concepts—until it is produced and performed. The art of sound design involves the selection or creation of the proper sounds for a theatrical moment. The science of designing sound for theatre consists of gathering sounds and reproducing them faithfully within the style of the production. It is also essential that the aural elements be played back musically and consistently, while allowing for the subtle shifts within individual performances.

In the not-so-distant past, providing sound for a play used to mean copying sounds from an effects record to tape and editing them. Now that the digital age has arrived, bringing with it expansive aural ...

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