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I’m in the process of scoring The White Whale for Slung Low. It’s on in September. Tickets are free but there aren’t many left… call The Carriageworks Theatre on  0113 2243801 for the last few remaining. 

In my last two posts I talked about priming the subconscious to do the heavy lifting when it comes to idea generationthe need to capture ideas when they bubble up and the most efficient and effective way to do this; and using GoodNotes and Adonit Mini stylus on the iPad to mark up scripts.

No. 3: Marked up scripts are easier on the eye for an overworked sound designer than big long scary cue plot lists.

The White Whale - Cue List

Sending over QLab plots of the entire score to Matt (sound designer/op) via Dropbox has definitely improved our workflow. QLab is the programme we use to run pre-recorded sound, and sometimes video, for Slung Low shows. It’s so easy and intuitive even I can use it (I’m too impatient to learn complex programmes, more so even now since getting long in the tooth).

Before, I used to send the raw .aif music files and some written instructions on crossfading and looping in advance of our plotting sessions, which meant a lot of wasted or extra time for mixing, which, on a short deadline, is really inefficient. That time is better spent on more creative pursuits – 2nd drafts, finessing moments with the live action, etc.

Plotting the score myself before handing it over sped things up a bit, but there were always corners where, for example, it wasn’t clear from the QLab plot quite exactly where the cue was, even though you can type in cue lines or action points for example… or if I’d actually made a mistake. I’d provide a list of cues to Matt with cue lines and other notes but this document was always lo000ng and not the most intuitive to look at, especially when one is tired and working overtime.

Being able to send a marked up pdf of the script with all my cues and a clear guide to just how long each cue should last is such an obvious fix, but up until now the actual process of marking up was inefficient (ie I didn’t have the equipment nor the wherewithal to patiently, time-consumingly learn how to do it).

Fingers crossed this method shaves a little bit of time and brain-processing off of his workload.

So he can better put up with me later down the line changing cross-fade timings by one-second increments…

What I’ve Learned (so far) from Scoring ‘The White Whale’: Part 2

16 August 2014 Theatre

I’m in the process of scoring The White Whale for Slung Low. It’s on in September. Tickets are free but there aren’t many left… call The Carriageworks Theatre on  0113 2243801 for the last few remaining. 

How to paperlessly mark up a script

In my last post I talked about priming the subconscious to do the heavy lifting when Read the rest

What I’ve Learned (so far) from Scoring ‘The White Whale’: Part 1

14 August 2014 Theatre
Give the subconscious as much time as possible to do the idea-generating heavy lifting. Some time is good. More is better.

Women, Money, Success and The Bechdel Test

21 April 2014 Miscellaneous

The year is flying by. April is speeding to a close as I finish up the bulk of the music on a very cool project for the V&A Museum down in London. More about this challenging experience in later posts nearer the time the exhibition will open…

I’m starting work on a new feature film in May. Again, more about … Read the rest

Meandering Thoughts on the Ego

27 February 2014 Miscellaneous

Time is flying by, and we’re already nearing March of a year that feels like it only began a week ago. I’ve been working on Red Star’s latest animation this month, in a very different music style to my normal orchestral/sound-designy schtick! ‘Tis alway nice to have a challenge.

Next month brings with it more new and lovely challenges: preparatory … Read the rest

New Album Release: Blood + Chocolate

24 January 2014 Theatre

The soundtrack album of music from Blood+Chocolate is now officially released.

It’s available on iTunesGoogle Play and Spotify et al…

Post-show thoughts and links to reviews of the show

More post-show thoughts and lovely pictures

The official site (Pilot Theatre)Read the rest

Happy New Year 2014!

20 January 2014 Miscellaneous

… that is, if it’s not too late for that sort of thing.

2014 has been lovely so far. I’ve practically become a hermit. The short days and chilly weather don’t encourage venturing out and about so I’m embracing the introversion, staying cloistered and writing library music ’til the end of the month.

The tail end of 2013 saw a … Read the rest

Looking back on 2013

6 December 2013 Miscellaneous
I've just finished on my final freelance project of the year; a perfect opportunity for reflection.

War, Hell, Blood and Chocolate

20 November 2013 Theatre
So here goes: when I first heard about the show Blood + Chocolate, I didn't want to do it. Now, this isn't a new phenomenon for me. It's just the lizard brain going into overdrive protective mode whenever I'm presented with a project that I can't quite wrap my head around. I just ignore the feeling and accumulate more facts and ideas from the people who know more of them, and eventually, I come around and start looking forward to it.

Blood And Chocolate And Beyond

18 October 2013 Theatre
As usual, it's all been a bit of a whirlwind of late. Seems like longer than three weeks ago that we had this sunny Sunday morning choir rehearsal for Blood+Chocolate, out on site.

Somewhat Off-Topic…

5 October 2013 Miscellaneous

FOODS! Nomnomnomnom…

Highlights from the last few months. Nowt beats home-cooked grub.

(Credit goes to John for most of these meals.)… Read the rest