MARTIN MAGNUSON

SOUND DESIGN FOR THEATRE

Excerpts from "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde", BLUEBARN Theatre, 2009.


Outstanding Sound Design Award—Theatre Arts Guild, 2009-2010.

Achievement in Sound Design Award—Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards, 2010.

 

This sound design played entirely off the concept of disparate rhythms, pitting the stiff, dry meters of Jekyll's life—ticking clocks, church bells, horse's hooves and other tense and mechanical rhythmic elements—against the wild and chaotic rhythms of Hyde—Japanese Taiko drums edited into sequences designed to time exactly to scenes, topped with layers of dissonant atmospherics awash in deep, watery reverb effects.

MUSIC COMPOSITION FOR THEATRE

Incidental cues from "In The Next Room, or The Vibrator Play", BLUEBARN Theatre, 2012.

 

This production required both sound design and music composition. The first two pieces were incidental cues between scenes, written to sound like the musical ramblings of a lonely spouse playing a parlor piano at sunset. Timing and fingering mistakes were left in to help convey a non-polished feel. The third piece plays piano off of a modern, more abstracted bed of bell tones and was played very softly during the play's climactic scene in which a doctor and his wife intimately discover each other in a snowy courtyard at night.

MUSIC COMPOSITION FOR SCREEN

Incidental beds from "Sissy Squad", an animated web serial that I illustrated, animated, scored, co-voiced

and co-produced in 2002.

 

This project was great fun to do as I could let go of convention and follow my intuition regarding style, arrangements, and just how much music I could get away with stuffing into a three-and-a-half minute episode.

I love the off-kilter and cartoony in music and I think it clearly shows in these pieces.