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A Case of Specifying and Using Networked Computers in the Sound Design for THE CHERRY ORCHARD


For theatre sound design, detailed planning of networked hardware and software affords a sound designer and the audio crew efficiency and flexibility during the process of rehearsals, designer quiet time, technical rehearsals, and performances. The need to property specify and use networked computers is demonstrated in the corresponding documentation within the portfolio of the sound design for The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov. This play, which was produced by the UCSD Department of Theatre and Dance, opened in the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre on November 29, 2015. The audio system and sound design process used current network technologies and practices to automate tasks, provide ease of access and control, and display information with better clarity and speed. The description of my experience as sound designer in this production of The Cherry Orchard, and the included portfolio documentation, is an example for theatre sound designers to take advantage of computer network technologies that are involved in the audio reinforcement system and sound design process of a theatrical production.

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