Report on OISTAT Sound Design Group Webinar # 2 – Music Plundering

Time: May 19th, 2010

Presenter: David Smith and Jason Romney

On May 19, 2010, sound designers Mr. David Smith and Mr. Jason Romney from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts were invited to present a webinar, introducing skills and techniques that can better tailor pre-recorded music cues to fit the transitional needs of a production. In the presentation, they showed how music is constructed and how it can be easily pulled apart and rearranged to better fit the arc and duration of a transition or underscore.

David Smith

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Director of the Sound Design Program; Sound Design Faculty

David Smith earned a B.A. from the University of Kent, Canterbury. Before immigrating to the United States, he spent eight years at the Royal National Theatre in London, England. In the United States, he has designed sound for Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.; the North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, Mass.; Trinity Repertory Theatre in Providence, R.I.; the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Ga.; and more recently at Triad Stage in Greensboro and the Little Theatre of Winston-Salem. Other credits include theatre sound editor for Live Sound International magazine, executive committee member with the Audio Engineering Society (Boston Section), and Commissioner for the USITT Sound Commission. Mr. Smith was nominated for the Helen Hayes Award in 1995 for Outstanding Sound Design. 

Jason Romney

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Sound Design Faculty

Jason Romney received his B.F.A. in theatre design and technology from Utah State University and his M.F.A. in sound design from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He has designed sound professionally at Triad Stage, Playmakers Rep, Alliance Theatre Company, Piedmont Opera, Weston Playhouse Theatre Company, Utah Festival Opera, and others. Mr. Romney is also a computer programmer developing software solutions for sound designers and engineers. His programs are used by professionals in the theatre, film and music industries and in educational institutions across the country. Mr. Romney is an associate of the Center for Design Innovation, an inter- institutional center of NCSA, Winston-Salem State University, and Forsyth Technical Community College. He also serves as vice commissioner for the computing industry on the U.S. Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) Sound Commission. He is currently the co-principal investigator on a National Science Foundation curriculum development research grant: “Linking Science, Art, and Practice Through Digital Sound,” a joint research project with Wake Forest University.