by William Shakespeare
directed by Blanka Zizka
March 25, 2015May 2, 2015

Hamlet in Sound and Music


To create a soundscape fitting for Shakespeare's greatest play, the Wilma has teamed up with the electronic duo Games Violet to compose orginal music and sound. Games Violet is comprised of Irish composers Alex Games and Emma Violet; two newcomers to the Wilma's design collaborators. Emma gave us a sneak-peek at some of the music you will hear during the show!

About the music of Hamlet Emma remarks, "We created much of the music for Hamlet by playing around with electronic manipulations of our voices and breath. We found that the breath was particularly effective at conjuring up the presence of the ghost, while the singing voice is used in a variety of other contexts. There's a wide palette of sounds used throughout the play including acoustic guitar, 'prepared' violin, sampled bass clarinet, and synthesizers. We didn't look to evoke any particular style or time period, the aim was more to find a collection of sounds that feel both familiar and strange."

About the Composers

EMMA VIOLET is an Irish composer who writes music for acoustic and electronic instruments. Her work has been performed by Crash Ensemble, PRISM Saxophone Quartet, and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, and has been featured at festivals including the International Young Composer’s Meeting, New Music Dublin, and Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival. In addition to concert music, Emma composes for theater, and is one half of the electronic duo Games Violet. Emma lives in New Jersey, and is currently a doctoral fellow at Princeton University. Fore more information on Emma, visit emmaviolet.net

ALEX GAMES  is an Irish musician and producer based in New Jersey, USA. He makes music for theater and other media as well as releasing work with the duo Games Violet. His music has been performed at concerts and music festivals in the US and internationally. He is currently completing doctoral studies in Music Composition at Princeton University. alxxgames.com

There is still one awesome guy in our sound design team worth mentioning - Zachary Beattie-Brown, Hamlet's Sound Designer and Wilma's own Sound Engineer & Video Technician. Zach has been working as a freelance engineer and sound designer in Philadelphia for the past 6 years. He most recently designed Mickle Street at Walnut Street Theatre where he also designed Dino; Around The World In 80 Days; Plaid Tidings; and Ethel!. He has worked at 1812 Productions, Theatre Exile, and Arden Theatre among others.





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