Using room tones in Theatre & Dance Soundtracks

Room tones are the sound of silence. I've borrowed the term 'roomtone' from the film industry, where regular practice is to record the stillness of a room or location after each shoot. That way, when various takes of are edited together, they can be glued into one continuous scene by a consistent audio background. Every environment has a…

Where is Christmas?

Where is Christmas? is an enchanting immersive dance performance for toddlers, children and their families. https://youtu.be/1YJzSl7xzxg The music is a mix of magical christmassy things like celeste, sleigh bells, and soaring strings, but in true commotion style also has squelchy synths, funky beats, as well as live piano and guitar. About the Show It’s Christmas…

NIX Christmas Advert- Original Music

Hope you're feeling in a Christmassy heartwarming mood because here's a short animation I scored for NIX. The film was produced by Cass Productions who brought me on board to write some original music for this rather special animation. NIX wanted to make something a bit more special than 'just' and advert and I think…

Recording ‘Found Sounds’

Anyone familiar with my soundtracks will know that I am a huge fan of using field recordings to add a layer of everyday realism to live performances. This can be anything from a recording of an empty room to enhance claustrophobia (as in The Enormous Room), helicopters flying overhead in (Weightless), traffic lights beeping (A…

Soundtrack Design -The Enormous Room by Stopgap Dance Company

Depicted through a David Lynch-esque filmic style, The Enormous Room portrays a relationship between a father and a daughter who are trying to deal with grief.  The soundtrack for The Enormous Room is a complex mix of dreamy nostalgic music and household sound FX. When I first met Stopgap’s Artistic Director, Lucy Bennett, to discuss her creative ideas I knew instantly that…

Playing minor in a major way…

Originally published on IevaKuniskis.com © Judita Kuniskyte As a seasoned composer for contemporary dance, I’ve been asked a few abstract things in my time, but Ieva’s request to me this week at The Point has to go down as one of my absolute favourites! We have a section in They Live Next Door affectionately titled the Man Waltz, because the music…

5 Essentials to make music for Dance

Writing a soundtrack for contemporary dance can be pretty varied, and as both Co-Artistic Director of Lîla Dance and a freelance composer I've made more soundtracks than most. Over the years I’ve made everything from abstract soundscapes to rock and roll and drum and bass. So one thing I’ve found is that you can quickly…

Night at the Theatre with Tim Casson and Stopgap Dance

Last week I finished my second contemporary dance soundtrack of the year. This time it was for the lovely and talented Tim Casson who has made a family friendly piece on Stopgap's SG2 Company, called Night at the Theatre. It's a show about three unlikely characters (Hannah Sampson, Nadenh Poan and Connor Quill) accidentally stumbling into…

Imbalance with Joli Vyann

It’s no surprise that Joli Vyann’s new show Imbalance got a standing ovation at its premiere. I was super excited after they first asked me to do their sound design. The two performers are mind-blowingly talented, and they’ve fused contemporary dance with hand-to-hand circus to create a really spectacular take on modern life. The show…