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This Is Not Shakespeare’s MACBETH |Closing Weekend |Behind the Scenes (vid)

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It’s closing weekend, get your tickets!

NoExit Performance
THIS IS NOT SHAKESPEARE’S MACBETH
June 13th through June 29th 
The Irvington Office Center (Indianapolis)
William Shakespeare | directed by Michael Burke
Original Foley/Sound-Score
Composed by Brothers Grimm
Performed by BRAIN GRIMMER

Tickets: $20 General Admission | $15 Student/Senior

Thu, 6/13: 8pm – Fri, 6/14: 8pm – Sat, 6/15: 8pm
Thu, 6/20: 8pm – Fri, 6/21: 8pm – Sat, 6/22: 8pm
Thu, 6/27: 8pm – Fri, 6/28: 8pm – Sat, 6/29: 8pm

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Behind the scenes video of the recording session at Bradbury’s Coffee!

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Notes on the Score:

The concept for this score involved setting a foley/sound-design score > No melody & rhythm, but dissonant, atonal harmony, soundscapes & uncomfortable textures.  We began by going into Bradbury’s Coffee (Madison, WI) after hours and recording every sound that triangular room was capable of.  AJ was our sound-guide as we recorded: room noise, beams, ladders, stools, tables, washing machines, refrigerators, espresso machines, coffee grinders, various water drips, toilets, knives, and general kitchen-ware.  With this Bradbury’s audio (recorded by Jon Brumbaugh) and other foley recorded at home, we’ve created roughly 100 Sound Libraries for MACBETH – each library housing up to 128 ten-octave, velocity/pressure sensitive Sample Instruments. The end result is about 2,300 custom-constructed sample instruments nested into one-channel (maximum of 16,384 instruments per channel). Controlling these sounds in real time with Ableton Live 8 through Akai APC 40 & Keith McMillen QuNeo midi controllers, we hope to instantaneously surprise, inspire, pace, & effect the actors performances with our live sound-experiments.  

Macbeth set up: Ableton Live w/ Akai APC 40 & K. McMillen QuNeo

Macbeth set up: Ableton Live w/ Akai APC 40 & K. McMillen QuNeo

||Special thanks to Bradbury’s Coffee for letting us record ALL of the sounds in their space! Also, thank you Jon Brumbaugh for recording audio & Glynnis Ritchie for taking excellent video during the Bradbury’s recording session!
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NoExit | This Is Not Shakespeare’s MACBETH 6/13-6/29 (Indy)

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THIS IS NOT SHAKESPEARE’S MACBETH
June 13th through June 29th 
The Irvington Office Center (Indianapolis)
William Shakespeare | directed by Michael Burke
Original Foley/Sound-Score
Composed by Brothers Grimm
Performed by BRAIN GRIMMER

Tickets: $20 General Admission | $15 Student/Senior

Thu, 6/13: 8pm – Fri, 6/14: 8pm – Sat, 6/15: 8pm
Thu, 6/20: 8pm – Fri, 6/21: 8pm – Sat, 6/22: 8pm
Thu, 6/27: 8pm – Fri, 6/28: 8pm – Sat, 6/29: 8pm

“NoExit invites you to check into a world where not all things are as they seem… One part Shakespeare, one part Freud, and one part Parnassus, This Is Not Shakespeare’s Macbeth invites you inside a hospital turned imaginarium to witness how susceptible we all are to the power of our own imaginings.

From director Michael Burke (Medea, Pillowman, I Am Peter Pan) this site-specific work, built atop the original Shakespeare, examines the intrinsic connection between conscious and conscience: the idea that retribution comes from within and it is the demons of our own minds that bring us the greatest grief in the wake of our actions.

Pulling from imagery and practices of sanatoriums and asylums of old, and featuring original, live soundscaping by Madison, WI-based, The Brothers Grimm, devices of hospital lore become the stuff of nightmares, transforming the hospital gallery as the wards take an active role as characters and scene-setters in the mania of two particular patients who seem to be violently reliving the events in their lives that continue to torture their souls…

The Irvington Office Center will host …Macbeth, opening on Thursday, June 13, and running through Saturday, June 29.

Get Tickets!

Macbeth back lit in rehearsal

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MSND @ Bartell Theatre |6 shows down, 7 to go! |Score Talk

Strollers Theater | FB.Event | Isthmus | Bartell Theatre | DB Pedersen |

“Have you read the footnotes to this play?  I didn’t realize there were so many words for vagina –  it’s basically a porno!”  ~ db pedersen

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DB’s pit POV

Strollers Theatre
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
May 3rd through May 25th @ Bartell Theatre
William Shakespeare | directed by Greg Harris
Original Score by db pedersen & Brothers Grimm

$20 general admission
$15 for seniors, students, & Strollers members

Call || 661-9696 ext. 2
Web || strollerstheatre.org

second half of MSND runs…

Thursday, May 16, 2013 – 7:30pm
Friday, May 17, 2013 – 8:00pm
Saturday, May 18, 2013 – 4:00pm
Saturday, May 18, 2013 – 8:00pm

Thursday, May 23, 2013 – 7:30pm
Friday, May 24, 2013 – 8:00pm
Saturday, May 25, 2013 – 8:00pm

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Notes on the original live score, composed and performed by Brothers Grimm & db pedersen >

In approaching the score for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, db pedersen presented the Brothers Grimm with theme sketches and initial cue concepts that had been developed with dir. Greg Harris. We then spent the next few weeks of April attending rehearsals, observing the actors develop their character. In the nights following these observations we’d convene to have fast paced cue-composition sessions. One by one, we deconstructed db’s thematic material and built them up from the ground as a trio – finding our strongest instrumentation as we went. Our goal was to reduce the sauce of these themes down to a flavorful, simple substance – and hit tech week with a lot of room to grown organically in our accompaniment to the actors.

Main instruments
AJ ~ classical guitar
BC ~ cello & guzheng
DB ~ vocal-foley/sfx, throat singing, shruti box, various flutes, animal noises

Implements & Sough!

  • Pot Lid “tree” (struck//bowed) 
  • bowed Saw 
  • various 

    Bells 

  • Slide 

    Whistles 

  • Woodblock 
  • Wup-Wob Cards (bent//bowed) 
  • boxes of Twigs//Branches 
  • … & etc!

// All material played on the 21 string Chinese guzheng 古筝 zither for this production’s score is in emulation of the European harp & hammered dulcimer. The entire instrument has been customized & re-tuned to fit different theme material in each register/octave. It is a completely unique tuning, never before used on the instrument, designed specifically for this show. [ ~Traditionally, the zither is tuned in multiple octaves of a single pentatonic scale; adapting pentatonic mode to fit the key, from D1 – D5]

MSND custom guzheng tuning, from low to high >

E1-F1-G♯1-A1-C2-D2-F2-G2-A2-C3-E3-F♯3-G3-A3-B3-C4-D4-F4-G♯4-B4′C5

~ and we hope here is a score fitted!

all photographs copyright Jonathan J Miner//J Miner Photography 

(except for musician pit photos)

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