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sound designer





Sound designers develop a sound design concept for a performance and supervise the execution of it. Their work is based on research and artistic vision. Their design is influenced by and influences other designs and must be conform with these designs and the overall artistic vision. Therefore, the designers work closely with artistic directors, operators and the artistic team. Sound designers prepare audio fragments to be used in a performance, which can involve recording, composing, manipulating and editing. Sound  designers develop plans, cue lists and other documentation to support the operators and production crew. Sound designers sometimes also work as autonomous artists, creating sound art outside a performance context.

Scope note

Excludes composer.

Alternative Labels

audio engineer & sound artist

sound designer & engineer

sound designer and composer

sound engineer and designer

sound designer & audio engineer

sound designer & music composer

music composer and sound designer

composer and sound designer

music composer & sound designer

audio engineer and sound artist

music and sound artist

composer & sound designer

sound designer & composer

sound designer and audio engineer

sound engineer & designer

audio designer

audio engineer and sound designer

sound designer and engineer

sound designer

sound designer and music composer

sound artist and audio engineer

Regulatory Aspect

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