Although I was not the sound designer for the Penn State School of Theatre’s production of O Beautiful, I was able to contribute to the design by arranging and recording a guitar piece for the show. I was asked to record a rendition of “America the Beautiful” in the style of Jimi Hendrix’s iconic version of “The Star Spangled Banner” at Woodstock.
I studied Jimi Hendrix’s performance at Woodstock to try to emulate his dissonant and irreverent style of guitar playing. I also researched the specific pedals and amplifiers that he used, and I attempted to replicate his guitar tone in an effect modeling software called Guitar Rig 5. I recorded several different renditions of the guitar piece, varying each one slightly so the sound designer could choose his favorite version. In the actual production of O Beautiful, the designer chose to layer the variations on top of each other to create a cacophonous mix of guitar that worked well with the action onstage.
This animated short, "Flip", was the film used in the 2015 Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest. The contestants were given this short film with no audio and tasked with creating an original score to fit the picture. I composed the score using Kontact 5 and recorded my own foley effects.
In this short clip from the trailer of "300: Rise of an Empire", I removed all of the original audio and composed my own score using Native Instrument's Kontact 5. I also utilized the program Massive to create from scratch the whooshing fall effect that happens when the soldier leaps into the ship.
Composition for the Theatre
These are a few examples of music written for the play Seminar. My compositions were played in between scenes and helped to transition the narrative from one scene to the next. This play, produced by Fuse Producions, was a comedy with a modern and young feel. I tried to capture the energy and lightheartedness in the music I wrote.
Commercial Voice Over Underscoring
I had the opportunity to write music that would underscore a voice over demo reel for the very talented Aaron Roberts. This was a fun project that allowed me to play with very different genres of music in a short period of time.
Check out more of Aaron's work at www.marycollins.com/aaron-roberts