This was a two hour movie/zoom play created in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic during my MFA at UCSD. I wrote the music and created all the sound effects & ambiences.
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This was a musical, produced by Cygnet Theater, that I did the sound design for. It was an amazing experience, but was sadly postponed after the first preview due to COVID-19. The sound system utilized 14 wireless body mics, a system of delay speakers, and various instrument mics for a small chamber orchestra.
This was a piece presented in Island Shakespeare Festival's 2019 summer season. I created the original score and did the sound design.
Video by ISF and WICA, Sound & Music by Stewart Blackwood
I created the sound design for this at the Hangar Theatre. For this production, we decided to write music in the space between Hiphop and Ranchera. To create the music and soundscapes, I complied samples from various ranchera albums and mixed them with 808s, electronic synth pads, and drums. I also recorded acoustic guitar, bells, and violin playing the melody of the Narjana Dulce for underscoring throughout the play.
I had the pleasure of sound designing this at the Cleveland Playhouse. The script is split into two halves: one half is in typical script format and the other half is running a constant monologue of commercials that underscores the entire show. For this production, we decided that we wanted to do these monologues live. To aid in this, I created a custom Ableton based vocal effect setup that allowed for user-controlled effects to be added onto the voices of the actors. This process gave the performer’s more of a sense of ownership over their commercials, and, because of this, the commercials felt much more organic than if the underscoring was played through QLab and the A1 controlled the vocal effects at the board.
Our production explored the interesting contrast between the average American's attention and the country's broader historical context. It can be said that we exist in a time where our personal misfortunes are more impactful than the historical events happening around us. To draw attention to the juxtaposition of the personal and the historical, we projected a video of American history onto the American flag. The video is an example of the transition from 1969-2009.
Video by Lauren Gallup composition by Stewart Blackwood
For this piece, produced at Kent State University, I composed the score and created the sound design. We decided to use classical music as inspiration. As the timeline in the play grew more and more fractured so did the music, turning from violins to synths or crackling in out of a strict time signatures. The sound system utilized five different subsystems to color the space in dynamic ways throughout the play.
I composed the score and did the sound design for this piece during my time at Kent State University. We decided to use a musical palette of low pounding percussion, distorted horns, extended technique percussion, and female vocals. The music was created to encourage the idea that each character was clawing violently to obtain their own versions of success.
This is a musical I did the sound design for during my time at Kent State University. This production had a twenty person cast and an eleven person band. The system utilized an Avid Venue SC48, 22 wireless Shure microphones, and a 18 instrument mics to amplify the wonderful music created by the band and performers.