K (2002)

A spatial sound design for theatre

This project invovled a close collaboration with theatre company not yet it’s difficult and particularly director David Pledger in this adaptation of Franz Kafka’s The Trial. The political system that entraps K is a contemporary corporate environment of free market economics and highly targeted marketing. The performance duration was approximately 1 hour 15 mins.

The two main components of K were a software environment to deliver the project and the spatial sound design that dominants the theatrical space via three quadrophonic sound systems. The software supported rapid modifications to 32 audio inserts and synchronisation to text based cues, sound distribution and localisation over 12 channels, and interactive control of pre-recorded and electronic sound cues. The sound design was built on the notion of an acoustic set,  an approach to the sound design to envelope or entrap the audience in a spatial sound field, mirroring the psychological entrapment of the protagonist. A sound design has both temporal and spatial qualities, intersecting other design elements so the sound designer must continually craft the ‘weight’, or position of their collaborative contribution in relation to all other design elements.


Melbourne International Arts Festival, Melbourne, Australia 23 October – 2 November 2002
Wiener Festwochen, Vienna, Austria 8 – 11 May 2003
Seoul Performing Arts Festival, Seoul, South Korea 13 – 16 October 2005

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