Sound and Music for the Theatre: The Art and Technique of Design, Second Edition  by Deena Kaye,James LeBrecht (Author)

It is a practical and comprehensive guide to the field of sound design, covering the designer's relationships within the theatre community and detailing the process of sound design. The focus is on design approaches and techniques, rather than equipment operation.

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Review
"Every phase of the production process is covered in detail, along with a host of anecdotal examples from the personal experences of the authors. In all, it's ideal reading for those involved in the creative aspect of theatre sound rather than the practical operation."
Lighting & Sound

Review
An excellent look inside the sound designer's process. finally, a book unencumbered by complex diagrams of equipment & focusing on design. I thank you, and my students thank you.

"An excellent book! A great breakdown of the art of sound design and how it fits in today's theatre."
-William Liotta, Tulane University

-i like the specific comments on cues
-good, practical information
-"Running the Show" seems confusing
-wish it spoke to speaker placement in auditoriums
-nice material in the "Approaches and Techniques" chapter

great design book
nice to have a resource book for sound that does not include equipment specs

"I have used the first edition of this book for years and I am very happy with the new edition. The inclusion of CD/MD and computer technology is great fro students and old hands alike."
-Michael Oncle, University of Memphis

"great book...i appreciate its focus on design and process not technology"

Book Description
This is the only comprehensive text that discusses the aesthetics of sound design for the stage. It is a practical and comprehensive guide to the field of sound design, covering the designer's relationships within the theatre community and detailing the process of sound design. The focus is on design approaches and techniques, rather than equipment operation.


For every phase of theatrical production, Sound and Music for the Theatre traces the entire process of sound design from initial concept through finished plan. The book discusses the early evolution of a sound design that supports the play. It discusses how to research sources for music and effects, devise a sound plot, and negotiate in a contract. It explains how to plan the gathering and construction of the sound design elements; how the designer operates in a rehearsal; and how to set up and train an operator to run sound equipment for a theatrical production. The instructive information is interspersed with "war stories" describing real-life problems and solutions that sound designers or composers will be able to apply in similar situations that they may encounter. Also included are two highly informative roundtable discussions with well-respected directors, playwrights, composers and sound designers focusing on sound in the theatre.

Comprehensive text that addresses sound design for theatre
Updated to include digital technology in theatrical productions
Includes new "roundtable discussion" with leading sound designers and composers

Book Info
Provides a comprehensive discussion on the asthetics of sound design for the stage. Examines the designer's relationships within the theatre community and details the process of sound design. Focuses on design approaches and techniques. Softcover. DLC: Theatres--Sound effects

From the Publisher
For every phase of theatrical production, Sound and Music for the Theatre traces the entire process of sound design from initial concept through finished plan. The book discusses the early evolution of a sound design that supports the play. It discusses how to research sources for music and effects, devise a sound plot, and negotiate in a contract. It explains how to plan the gathering and construction of the sound design elements; how the designer operates in a rehearsal; and how to set up and train an operator to run sound equipment for a theatrical production. The instructive information is interspersed with "war stories" describing real-life problems and solutions that sound designers or composers will be able to apply in similar situations that they may encounter. Also included are two highly informative roundtable discussions with well respected directors, playwrights, composers and sound designers focusing on sound in the theatre.

About the Author
Deena Kaye is a private audition and vocal coach and an independent sound designer

James LeBrecht is President of Berkeley Sound Artists