Bion Johnson, Pertinent class: DXARTS; Major: CHID
Biotech Play - Theater Audio
My project for this class is to design the use of digital sound in a theatrical performance. The performance venue is the historic Glenn Hughes Penthouse Theatre on UW campus. It is the oldest theater in the Round (arena style seating) in America and I plan to exploit this characteristic by incorporating ambisonic spacialization techniques into my sound design; hence the need for at least six sound sources (loudspeakers). The plays core concept is the intentional alteration of the human body through surgery and biotechnology; I plan to affect the verisimilitude of these alterations in the various characters by way of live processing on their speaking voices, hence the need for at least two lapel microphones. I have an adequately powerful laptop computer with which to perform this processing but need an interface for analog to digital input from characters speaking on stage and then digital to analog output to the loudspeakers. The omnidirectional microphone would be used to capture sound from the entire stage during scenes when as many as fifteen actors are simultaneously performing. The devices listed in the Required equipment field are ranked in descending order of necessity.