Sound Design

Here are some examples of my sound design work.

Time Warp Clock

For a Halloween product launch demo, I created a short piece based on the request for “a minute or so of an old fashioned clock experiencing a rip in the space-time continuum”. (credits)

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Gilgamesh

Gilgamesh was produced at the Theatre @ Boston Court. I worked with Kari Seekins on the sound design, which won the NAACP award for Best Sound Design, and also earned a Garland Award Honorable Mention for Best Sound Design. Here’s a selection of excerpts, including the intro, birth of Enkidu, visiting Shamhat, battling Humbaba, Enkidu’s funeral, the Scorpion people, running through the tunnel of the sun to Utnapishtim’s beach, and ending with Gilgamesh’s return to the city.

For this production, Humbaba was created entirely with sound. The battle scene involved a complex sequence of audio cues that were manually triggered each night by the operator, while the fight was being performed by the actors. All of Humbaba’s growls, words, movements, and attacks were programmed into more than 20 cues that followed the fight choreography, allowing the operator to simply hit “Go” on the next cue in response to the live action.

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The Wave of the Future

This virtual reality piece was created in the Building Virtual Worlds class at Carnegie Mellon University, along with Kyle Gabler, Bill Schott, Brad Stokan, and Salim Zayat. I created about 95% of the sound design, including all voiceover recordings. This recording also has a live audience.

 Two Gentlemen of Verona

This production of Shakespeare’s Two Gentlemen of Verona was part of the 2003 season of the Virginia Shakespeare Festival. My sound design for this show consisted mainly of intricate musical underscores for various choreographed transitions.

In this transition in Act II, We see the first glimpse of the city of Milan. Proteus and his servant get caught in a storm at sea, as we transition to the court. Members of the duke’s court enter and wave to each other in the garden, until the Duke enters with a croquet ball and mallet. He takes aim, hits the ball, and it goes awry, but the court cheers anyway. Then the court moves away as the scene begins with Valentine and Sylvia.

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Loophole

In 2003, the band Radiohead put up a bunch of short (3-10 sec) clips online, and asked people to download them and make something interesting. For my entry, I used only the clips they provided, with no processing other than reversing, and arranging them in time with level adjustments.

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