Journal article

The Rush of Real World Sound: Acoustic Ecologies of Independent Theatre in Melbourne

C Wenn

Critical Stages/Scènes Critiques | International Association of Theatre Critics | Published : 2017

Abstract

This article navigates an acoustic ecology for performance as it incorporates modern technologies, modern cities, and modern crises. Gernot Böhme asserts that “the characteristic experience of a lifestyle, of a city’s or a countryside’s atmosphere, is fundamentally determined in each instance by the acoustic space.” By examining the acoustic worlds of two key independent theatre venues in Melbourne, La Mama Theatre in Carlton and fortyfivedownstairs in Melbourne’s Central Business District, I ask that if ‘theatre noise’ is the characteristic sound that emerges in our performance spaces – from the performer’s breath to audience laughter, air conditioning, the crash of bottles from the restaur..

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