I’m bad with names. Lots of people say that, but I’m pretty bad with the ones that count, like family members and artists. I can remember everyone’s name in a theatre that I go to work at every day, but when I was asked about my favorite sound designer at a job interview recently, I couldn’t remember! Que vergonha!
Favorite Sound Designer – João Lucas
Even though I worked for a year and a half at a large theatre with many productions, I have only worked with two sound designers in my entire career. Unlike lighting and scenic design, sound design is still often seen as an option instead of “the creative and technical process resulting in the complete aural environment for live theatre” (Deena Kaye, James LeBrecht). When I worked at Teatro Nacional Dona Maria II, they never hired sound designers, but on their production of Medeia, the composer and musical director also acted as sound designer. This became apparent the day he came in and said, “Where is the speaker I asked you to install here in the set? Are we playing games here?”
João Lucas wrote beautiful and intense original music for this classic from Euripides. Though originally planned for a live orchestra, we ended up using a recording that the chorus of actresses on stage sang on top of.
In this photo you can see Medeia on the second floor. At the end, during the climax, a disturbing amount of blood ran down the stairs. Here is a sample from a particularly beautiful section. The mix isn’t great because it is just a direct recording from the board, but still enjoyable.
Medeia sample by NathanDoFrangos
Favorite Production – Two Little Indians by Frank Donnelly
This is my favorite production because the play was great and it is about as close to feeling like a rock star as I have gotten. Every night people would listen to my original music and every night I would get really excited because it felt like performing. I realize now that I was very lucky to work with Lee Breuer and some really good actors. I think I got the job because I my second cousin was friends with his girlfriend. Ha! More photos here.
You can here the piano theme I wrote at the end of my showreel. I created it by playing the same piece of music twice with the old Wurlitzer electric piano that we had at City College, panning them left and right, and then reversing one side. And here is a sample of one of the voice over cues we used.
Sample from Two Little Indians by NathanDoFrangos