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Sound Design as a Holistic Sonic Practice

  • Author(s): Lynch, Andrew
  • Advisor(s): McElver, Bobby
  • et al.

Theatre is a deeply collaborative medium that draws upon a wide range of disciplines. While the conventional theatrical production model prioritizes specialization in terms of area of expertise, contemporary new work increasingly showcases the contributions of transdisciplinary theatre artists with more broadly defined creative roles. Many sound designers working in this contemporary context are embracing a hybrid role as composer, sound designer, and performer. Experimenting at the intersection of music, technology, and performance, these practitioners are uniquely positioned to combine these elements in a synergistic fashion to unlock new creative possibilities. This hybrid approach at its best can synthesize this range of skills into a single, holistic sonic practice. Reflecting on my own experience at UCSD and in the professional world, I will explore the unique advantages and innovative potential of this developing practice.

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