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.
- 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)
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.