Presented by David Smith and Jason Romney in association with the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Wednesday, 19 May 2010, 11:00am (EST USA) (4:00pm GMT)

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This webinar introduces sound designers to the skills and techniques necessary to better tailor pre-recorded music cues to fit the transitional needs of a production.

There is a long tradition of using pre-recorded music in regional, community and educational theatre. Most of that music is either started or faded up and then faded out when needed. This Webinar will show how music is constructed and how it can be easily pulled apart and rearranged to better fit the arc and duration of a transition or underscore. Even if you regularly compose your own music, this webinar will allow a composer to better produce and shape temp tracks before composing their own.



David Smith (Director of the Sound Design Program & Sound Design Faculty at UNCSA).  Mr. Smith earned a B.A. from the University of Kent, Canterbury. Before immigrating to the United States, he spent eight years at the Royal National Theatre in London, England. In the United States, he has designed sound for Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.; the North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, Mass.; Trinity Repertory Theatre in Providence, R.I.; the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Ga.; and more recently at Triad Stage in Greensboro and the Little Theatre of Winston-Salem. Other credits include theatre sound editor for Live Sound International magazine, executive committee member with the Audio Engineering Society (Boston Section), and a former Commissioner for the USITT Sound Commission. Mr. Smith was nominated for the Helen Hayes Award in 1995 for Outstanding Sound Design.

Jason Romney (Sound Design Faculty at UNCSA). Mr. Romney received his B.F.A. in theatre design and technology from Utah State University and his M.F.A. in sound design from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He has designed sound professionally at Triad Stage, Playmakers Rep, Alliance Theatre Company, Piedmont Opera, Weston Playhouse Theatre Company, Utah Festival Opera, and others. Mr. Romney is also a computer programmer developing software solutions for sound designers and engineers. His programs are used by professionals in the theatre, film and music industries and in educational institutions across the country. Mr. Romney is an associate of the Center for Design Innovation, an inter- institutional center of UNCSA, Winston-Salem State University, and Forsyth Technical Community College. He also served as vice commissioner for the computing industry on the USITT Sound Commission. He is currently the co-principal investigator on a National Science Foundation curriculum development research grant: “Linking Science, Art, and Practice Through Digital Sound,” a joint research project with Wake Forest University.