Int. J. of Arts and Technology   »   2014 Vol.7, No.4



Title: Defining digital-Foley for live performance


Authors: Ben Challis; Rob Dean


Department of Contemporary Arts, Manchester Metropolitan University, Cheshire Campus, Crewe Green Road, Crewe, Cheshire, CW1 5DU, UK
Cardiff School of Creative Industries, Atrium, 86–88 Adam Street, Cardiff, CF24 2FN, UK


Abstract: Using a series of reflective case-studies, the role of the Foley artist is reconsidered alongside technological innovations in both digital sound manipulation and physical computing. Through a series of theatrical productions and collaborations Challis and Dean have explored the sonic and dramatic possibilities created by the utilisation of digital technology in a live performance context. In this article, a variety of approaches to electronic sound-production and control are described along with first-hand reflections on the expressivity and control that are offered by each within a context of live drama. Their current project is a multimedia adaptation of the novel and film Metropolis where the aural accompaniment will be performed live using a range of adapted and purpose built sonic triggers. In defining digital-Foley, design considerations and key principles are outlined that can enhance the connectivity between the sound-artist and the sonic-landscapes they create.


Keywords: digital technology; theatre; drama; liveness; electronic sound; sound artists; music; digital-Foley; live performance; Foley artist; technological innovation; digital sound manipulation; physical computing; expressivity; multimedia adaptation; sonic triggers; sonic landscapes.


DOI: 10.1504/IJART.2014.066453


Int. J. of Arts and Technology, 2014 Vol.7, No.4, pp.339 - 355


Available online: 21 Dec 2014



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