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Theater is an extremely involved and complex production It encompasses play writing directing acting costume makeup scenery lighting properties theater architecture machinery special effects management audiences and criticism Brockett-b xi What this statement fails to include is the element of sound design as a major theatrical consideration The aspect of sound in the past and present entails so many technical aspects that it must not be over-looked in any production This is reinforced by analyzing the need for music and sound how these where used in the past and finally what to consider for modern sound designMusic and sound is essential for enhancing any production Its presence serves two crucial functions First it establishes mood All people have certain reactions to sounds especially music For example upbeat rythmatic tempos have the ability to release adrenaline in a persons body Slower tempos can tend to depress people In theater the use of sound and music is geared towards the extremes The sound designers purpose is to create a moody atmosphere For example most moods created relate comedy to gaiety and tragedy to somberness Brockett 402 Heavy beating of drums and deep horns bring a sense of hostility and aggression which are typical feelings of war that can be suggested in a tragedy The second function sound serves is exposition Exposition refers to realistic sound effects Things such as gunshots breaking glass doorbells and telephones are most commonly used in theater The most important task of exposition is to alert the audience to off-stage occurrences or to prepare them for up-coming events on stage Also these sounds are presented to give the audience a knee-jerking reaction These two things are the most important objectives to be considered for any sound designer however there are other benefits to incorporated sound First it has the potential to relay a great deal of information to the audience related to time and place Wilson
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