Amy playing the part of the old women in Samuel Beckett
at rehearsal this evening. For this play, I helped Amy record the voice of the old women recounting her life in a poetic, rhythmic and repetitive manner. The recording is almost all the duologue of the play, and I was asked to make it seem distant and a little eerie. To accomplish this in the recording, I added a 5 millisecond delay to the right channel, which has the effect of making the sound come from the sides as opposed to from the center. Then, I added some reverberation which reflected mostly high frequencies in the center channel. Amy's reading of the dialog was done in a sober, dry, rhythmic fashion that seemed to follow the motion of the rocking chair. With the reverberation and dark theater, the sound was all encompassing.
Tonight was the first time the play was rehearsed; sound and lighting included. I think it went over pretty well.