The Evolution Of Sound Playback Systems Essay

2010 Words Sep 29th, 2016 9 Pages
Since theatre first became popular in the times of the Greek, the use of sound to enhance theatrical experience has been prominent. However, many leaps have been made since then to improve a sound designer’s abilities to create different and intricate sounds in their design processes. The evolution of sound playback systems is a key element in the development of sound design in theatre. Through exploration of the history of sound playback, the current available playback systems on the market and the way sound playback impacts on performance arts, it is evident that sound playback is of fundamental importance to modern sound designer. Through the ability to playback and quickly edit sound cues, a modern sound designer is able to focus on the intricacies of each cue without having to concern themselves with fear of time and money constraints.

In 5th century BC, the Greeks were incredibly concerned with the impact of sound on the plays they produced. They added a solid wall at the back of the stage to help reflect “any sound radiating backwards from the actor’s voice back into the audience.” (Glenn, 2014) In Elizabethan times, many playwrights called for offstage noises in their scripts, with a hidden portion of the stage devoted just for people they called, noise makers (Glenn, 2015; Kaye, Lebrecht, 2013). Yet, even with these noise makers, there was no way to produce the exact same sound every night, as there was no way to record and playback the sounds they created. It…

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