Sound objects: towards procedural audio for and as theatre

Dalgleish, M. and Whitfield, S. K. (2020) Sound objects: towards procedural audio for and as theatre. In: Innovation in Music Conference, 5-7 December 2019, London. (Unpublished)


Procedural audio has been the subject of significant contemporary interest, but prior examples in relation to theatre sound are limited. After providing background to theatre sound and procedural audio, we introduce two artefacts, RayGun and INTERIOR, that explore issues around theatre sound. RayGun is an augmented prop prototype that uses sensor driven, procedurally generated and locally diffused sound to address prior deficiencies. INTERIOR reimagines Maurice Maeterlinck’s 1895 play Interior as an embedded, generative and largely procedurally generated audio play housed in a shortwave radio-like artefact. Intended to provide an accessible experience, the listener uses a single knob interface to scan through a soundscape of simulated radio stations and ‘find’ the play. We present some initial findings and conclude with suggestions for future work. ***** An open access version of this conference paper is available on WIRE (Wolverhampton Intellectual Repository and E-Theses): *****

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