Carl Kennedy

Composition / Sound design

Carl Kennedy trained at the Academy of Sound, Dublin. He has worked as a composer and sound designer on over 80 theatrical productions and also composes music and sound design for interactive video games.

Carl uses both live and recorded music, and extensively uses location recording when creating soundscapes, while using the latest technology to realise artistic goals within a project.

Awards
Nominated Best Sound Design, Irish Times Theatre Awards 2014 for 'Mr Foley The Radio Operator' (Theatre Lovett)
Nominated Best Sound Design, Irish Times Theatre Awards 2012 for 'Doubt - A Parable' (Town Hall Theatre, Decadent Theatre Company and Everyman Palace Theatre)
Nominated Best Sound Design, Irish Times Theatre Awards 2011 for 'Peer Gynt' (Rough Magic Theatre Company)

Carl Kennedy   Little Thing, Big Thing

2014
Stage Theatre
Composition / Sound design
Other featured designers
John Comiskey
Production company
Fishamble: The New Play Company
Premiere Venue
Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar
Writer
Donal O'Kelly
Director
Jim Culleton
Photographer
Patrick Redmond

Artist Statement

The landscape of Little Thing Big Thing spans from Nigeria to the Irish countryside to the inner city streets of Dublin, and from the interiors of corporate and civic buildings to the refuge of a church.

In the music and sound design we hoped not only to convey a sense of place as the characters Martha and Larry weave their way through the physical and psychological terrain of this political thriller, but also to evoke a sense of the spiritual atmosphere surrounding them as they search for the Big Thing.

The soundscape was originally influenced to an extent both by Shona music and by modern film music. The former representing the ancestors and ancient influences in the story and the latter informing the tension and current time pressure that is incumbent on Martha and Larry.

Many recordings for the production were made in Dublin and its surrounding areas, and the two actors also recorded their voices for certain parts of the play where displacing the actors voices from their physical presence helped to tell the story. The aim was to reduce the sounds to their simplest form in order to create a theatrical language that supported the journey of the play.


Carl Kennedy   Mr Foley The Radio Operator

2014
Stage Theatre
Composition / Sound design
Other featured designers
Sarah Jane Shiels
Theatre Lovett
Production company
Theatre Lovett
Premiere Venue
Town Hall Theatre, Galway
Writer
Frances Kay in collaboration with Theatre Lovett
Director
Muireann Ahern
Photographer
Brian Cregan

Carl Kennedy   THIRTEEN, Citizen X

2013
Stage Theatre
Composition / Sound design
Other featured designers
Niamh Lunny
Owen Boss
Production company
ANU Productions
Premiere Venue
The Luas tram, Dublin
Director
Louise Lowe

Carl Kennedy   The House that Jack Filled

2012
Stage Theatre
Composition / Sound design
Other featured designers
John Comiskey
Niamh Lunny
Lorraine McCrann
Production company
Theatre Lovett
Premiere Venue
Project Arts Centre, Dublin (Cube)
Writer
Finegan Kruckemeyer
Director
Muireann Ahern
Photographer
Patrick Redmond

Carl Kennedy   The Girl who Forgot to Sing Badly

2010
Stage Theatre
Composition / Sound design
Other featured designers
Paul O'Mahony
John Comiskey
Joan O'Clery
Production company
Theatre Lovett
The Ark
Premiere Venue
The Ark, Dublin
Writer
Finegan Kruckemeyer
Director
Lynne Parker
Photographer
Patrick Redmond