During our run at Leeds Theatre, we hosted six talk backs to gather information from our audience on how they perceived, experienced, and understood the production. One of the most common notes we received was the concordant praise of our soundscape, composed by Michael Costagliola. Just as the text, the actors, the images they create, the lights and the evolving set, the sound and the musical pieces create a specific atmosphere that stands in immediate dialogue with all other elements within the production, so much so that we understand our work as creating visual music, or - as one of our audience members has described it - a melodic poem.
In this TED talk, Julian Treasure, the chair of the Sound Agency, a firm that advises worldwide businesses on how to use sound, asks us to pay attention to the sounds that surround us. How do they make us feel: productive, stressed, energized, acquisitive? He thus calls designers architects to action to pay attention to the “invisible architecture” of sound.