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Bibliographies

Theatre Sound
Show Control Bibliography [pdf format]


Articles and Papers

The following articles are by Charlie Richmond and were originally published in Theatre Design & Technology magazine (the Journal of the US Institute for Theatre Technology.)
Theatre Sound Leads Film Sound? [pdf format]
A Sound Future (Part 1) [pdf format]
A Sound Future (Part 2) [pdf format]
Light Conversation [pdf format]
Theatre Networking Through MIDI [pdf format]
Automated Redundancy (Through Redundant Automation) [pdf format]
Letter in response to 1991 Winter column [pdf format]
A Cure for Apoplexy? [pdf format]
Part III: The Gauntlet Run [pdf format]
MIDI Show Control 1.0: The New Standard [pdf format]
Whither to Move [pdf format] - an explanation of the philosophy behind submaster operation using SoundMan-Designer with MotorMix
Multitasking: Don't Try This at Home! (...or at the Office) [pdf format]


The following articles are by Professor Richard K. Thomas of Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, and most were originally published in Theatre Design & Technology magazine (the Journal of the US Institute for Theatre Technology.) Comments by Professor Thomas follow each listing.
Music As a Key [doc format]
This contains the entirety of the article we submitted. The first half was rejected because "it is primarily about things that are of interest to directors and actors, not technicians and designers," while the second half was published, as "Mid Side Recording and Playback Techniques" in Theatre Design and Technology Journal 32.5 (1996): 41-45. Obviously, I feel quite strongly that the first part of the article should be of interest to composers and designers, too.

Soundscapes [doc format]
Sound in the Performing Arts: The Dramatic Auditory Space [doc format]
Co-authored with Ken Bell, PE, Theatre Design and Technology Journal 31.1 (1995): 16-26.

Sound in the Performing Arts: Using Computers to Create Theatre Sound Scores [doc format]
Theatre Design and Technology Journal 31.1 (1995): 27-35.

Sound in the Performing Arts: Theatre Sound Cue Sheets [doc format]
Theatre Design and Technology Journal 31.1 (1995): 37-46

Sound Score Playback Options: Part One [pdf format]
Sound Score Playback Options: Part Two [doc format]
Theatre Design and Technology Journal, 1998 Summer: 53-59

The Use of Copyrighted Materials in Live Theatre Productions [doc format]
The Use of Copyrighted Materials in Live Theatre Productions - Box Article [doc format]
Theatre Design and Technology Journal 24.4 (1988): 5-6, 58-65.

Dramatic Space and Time [doc format]
Dramatic Space and Time - PowerPoint Lecture
This is a paper I gave at the Babelsburg Scenography Exposition in 2000. The PowerPoint Lecture might be more interesting with which to browse the concepts. There are a couple of ideas I still want to explore in it before formally seeking publication.

Approaching Sound Design for Period Plays [pdf format]
Theatre Crafts. January 1982
The editors for this article cut down a much longer article, and I was never at all happy with the editing, especially the last paragraph.

Recent Experiences in Acoustical Design [pdf format]
The Present and Future of Audio in Theatre. In Theatres for Drama Performance. Ed. Richard H. Talaske and Richard E. Boner. New York: American Institute of Physics for the Acoustical Society of America, 1986.

The Need for Union Representation for Theatre Sound Designers [pdf format]
This was one of the publications resulting from the lecture I did in Vancouver
Theatre Design and Technology Journal. Fall, 1987

The Use of Copyrighted Materials in Live Theatre Productions [pdf format]
Theatre Design and Technology Journal. Winter, 1988

I think the Mister Z box article is peculiarly humorous and prophetic given twenty years to gestate...


The following articles are by John A. Leonard of and were originally published in The Stage & Television Today magazine. Thanks to Hans van Bemmelen for transcribing all of these articles in .doc and .pdf formats!
Learning to Listen - .doc file
Learning to Listen - .pdf file
First published in 1985.

Money for Nothing - .doc file
Money for Nothing - .pdf file
First published in 1986.

A Vision of a Virtual Orchestra - .doc file
A Vision of a Virtual Orchestra - .pdf file
First published late 1987. Reprinted and retitled "A Seasonal Sample" by Theatre Crafts Magazine. Hans van Bemmelen comments "Oddly enough, instead of replacing live music, the Radiophonic Workshop referred to in the article was actually closed a year or two ago."


The following article is by Peter Ruthven Hall, a sound designer in the UK, and was published in Theatre Design & Technology magazine (the Journal of the US Institute for Theatre Technology.) It was first presented at the 2000 OISTAT Scenography Commission Meeting, 19-23 August 2000 at Bregenzer Festspielhaus, Bregenz, Austria.
A Masked Ball - Unmasked [pdf format] Sound Design on the Lake Stage [pdf format]


The following article is by Tom Mardikes, Resident Sound Designer, Missouri Repertory Theatre and Chair, Department of Theatre, University of Missouri-Kansas City, and was originally published in Theatre Design & Technology magazine (the Journal of the US Institute for Theatre Technology.)
Copyright for Sound Designers [pdf format]


Jim Brown has written a number of excellent papers: Jim Brown's Papers

Michael Rasbury's web site, which is an excellent resource for information about theatre sound design.

John Huntington's Control Geek web site, which is the best resource for information about show control.

John Huntington's 1990 Master's Thesis, [pdf format] is what began his pursuit of the holy grail of show control. IMPORTANT NOTES: This was considerably edited by John to remove out-of-date and material duplicated in his published book "Control Systems for Live Entertainment," now in its third edition and certainly the more up-to-date and definitive text. Also, it must be remembered that the material that does remain represents the way things were done prior to 1990 and is made available for historical purposes only, definitely not as a 'how-to' manual! Finally, the copyright is still firmly held by John Huntington and permission must be obtained to copy any portion of the work. Please contact RSD for your personal copy of this document.

Surround Sound and The Royal Exchange Theatre by Steven Brown - extracts from a presentation given on the OISTAT Scenofest Stage at the 2003 Prague Quadrennial. Steven's site is also an excellent one for theatre sound resources.

New York House of Wax by John Calhoun - article on the AudioBox installation at Madame Tussaud's, New York, Entertainment Design Magazine, April 2001

French Connections by Alex Artaud - article on the AudioBox installation in Lyon, France, Sound & Video Contractor Magazine, April 2001

Mirror Image [pdf format] by Rob Halliday - article on the AudioBox installation at Madame Tussaud's, New York, reprinted by permission of Lighting & Sound International , December 2000

Scream Machine by Brad Wieners - Wired Magazine, May 1999

Pan Fights to get in the Air [pdf format] by Julius Grafton, reprinted by permission of Connections Magazine, Australia

AUDIOBOX 1616HD [pdf format] by Garth Paine of Activated Space, Australia

AudioBox at the Vienna Volksoper (in German)

The Deming Quality Assurance List


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