MACBETH: Sound Library Auditions, Vol I

by The Brothers Grimm, BRAIN GRIMMER

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NoExit Performance
June 13th through June 29th, 2013
@ The Irvington Office Center (Indianapolis, IN)
William Shakespeare | directed by Michael Burke

Original Foley/Sound-Score
Composed by Brothers Grimm
Performed by BRAIN GRIMMER

Behind the scenes making of video

|| Notes on the Score ||
The concept for this score involved setting a foley/sound-design score - No melody & rhythm, but dissonant, atonal harmony, soundscapes & uncomfortable textures. We began by going into Bradbury’s Coffee (Madison, WI) after hours and recording every sound that triangular room was capable of. AJ was our sound-guide as we recorded: room noise, beams, ladders, stools, tables, washing machines, refrigerators, espresso machines, coffee grinders, various water drips, toilets, knives, and general kitchen-ware. With this Bradbury’s audio (recorded by Jon Brumbaugh) and other foley recorded at home, we’ve created roughly 100 Sound Libraries for MACBETH – each library housing up to 128 ten-octave, velocity/pressure sensitive Sample Instruments. The end result is about 2,300 custom-constructed sample instruments nested into one-channel (maximum of 16,384 instruments per channel). Controlling these sounds in real time with Ableton Live 8 through Akai APC 40 & Keith McMillen QuNeo midi controllers, we hope to instantaneously surprise, inspire, pace, & effect the actors performances with our live sound-experiments.

Special thanks to Bradbury’s Coffee for letting us record ALL of the sounds in their space! Also, thank you Jon Brumbaugh for recording audio & Glynnis Ritchie for taking excellent video during the Bradbury’s recording session!

|| NoExit - liner notes ||

“NoExit invites you to check into a world where not all things are as they seem… One part Shakespeare, one part Freud, and one part Parnassus, This Is Not Shakespeare’s Macbeth invites you inside a hospital turned imaginarium to witness how susceptible we all are to the power of our own imaginings.

From director Michael Burke (Medea, Pillowman, I Am Peter Pan) this site-specific work, built atop the original Shakespeare, examines the intrinsic connection between conscious and conscience: the idea that retribution comes from within and it is the demons of our own minds that bring us the greatest grief in the wake of our actions.

Pulling from imagery and practices of sanatoriums and asylums of old, and featuring original, live soundscaping by Madison, WI-based, The Brothers Grimm, devices of hospital lore become the stuff of nightmares, transforming the hospital gallery as the wards take an active role as characters and scene-setters in the mania of two particular patients who seem to be violently reliving the events in their lives that continue to torture their souls…"


released June 1, 2013

Sound Library Auditions, Vol I
recorded 5/31/2013

Source audio recorded by The Brothers Grimm
03/02/2013 at Bradbury's Coffee
Madison, WI
Recording Engineer - Jon Brumbaugh
Videographer - Glynnis Ritchie

Additional foley recorded & engineered by BC Grimm
Madison, WI

All audio recorded, composed, performed, engineered, & mastered by The Brothers Grimm - AJ Grimm & BC Grimm (BMI)
for NoExit Performance June, 2013 production of
'This Is Not Shakespeare's MACBETH'

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GrimmusiK017, BMI



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For over a decade the Brothers Grimm have been performing string music together on Guitar, Cello, and Chinese string instruments. Separately, Brian studied Chinese music in Hong Kong and AJ studied Flamenco in Granada, Spain. They draw upon these experiences in addition to contemporary classical music forming flexible approaches in composition and improvisation practices. ... more

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