Title: Defining digital-Foley for live performance

Authors: Ben Challis; Rob Dean

Addresses: 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

International Journal of Arts and Technology, 2014 Vol.7 No.4, pp.339 - 355

Received: 15 Jun 2013
Accepted: 04 Aug 2013

Published online: 21 Dec 2014 *

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