Over the last 6 months I have been developing my composition skills. I’ve decided to set myself strict time limits to create music to create interesting ideas quicker. I made this track on the train in about 2 1/2 hours. Hope you enjoy!
Over the past few months I have been working on The Empress, with the Collaborative and Devised Acting group at Central.
‘It is 1887 and Rani Das and Abdul Karim arrive at London’s Tilbury Docks after a long sea voyage from India. Rani, an Indian ayah, is ruthlessly abandoned by the English family that brought her to London and has to battle for survival. Abdul Karim, who has been sent to the palace as a jubilee gift, has to face increasing scrutiny about the closeness of his relationship, as servant and munshi, to Queen Victoria.’
It was an interesting opportunity to create a really diverse soundscape of not only Victorian London, but also a ship out at sea and also the docklands. This meant there was a lot of exciting material to be created. I also did a lot of experimenting using riffle microphones in the wings to reinforce speech through the main PA whilst trying to maintain a good sonic image, so it was also a good chance to work with delay to achieve this.
Photos of the production provided by Zak Macro
Over the last couple of months I have been working on a sound design for a play devised by Catherine Alexander and 3rd year collaborative and devised students at Central called ‘Tomorrow I’ll Be Twenty’. The play was to be part of a studio season produced by Complicite at the Pleasance Theatre in London.
It was an extremely exciting process as it was a translation of the book of the same name by Alain Mabanckou, which meant that the show was to be completely devised around the storyline from the book. There were some very exciting sequences that we created for the show, that can be sampled below on Soundcloud. I really enjoyed creating the design for this show, as it allowed for a lot of experimentation in the rehearsal room with the movement of what the actors were doing on stage.
I’m looking forward to working with the 3rd year collaborative and devised students on their next production of ‘The Empress’ in the coming months.