...And Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi

Audio Engineer

Sound Design: Jon Beals

Asst. Sound Designer: Sara Vargas

Asst. Audio Engineer: Feitong Wang

...And Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi is a dramatic retelling of the myth of Persephone and Demeter in the context of the American Civil War. This production took place in the newly constructed Booth Theater at Boston University, a large black box with flexible seating. This production was in the round. The scenic design was evocative of a space that has been overgrown by nature, and as a result, one of the challenges that myself and the designer on this show faced was trying to get the sound to be as realistic as possible, while trying to keep the speakers and other equipment as invisible as we could. This meant that we often had to incorporate our equipment into the scenery, and we worked closely with them to try and achieve this.

 

On this show, as the production sound engineer, I was tasked with facilitating the implementation of the sound, intercom, and video systems, as well as leading a crew of 7-9 other students in all of our load-in, notes, and strike calls. As this was my third time being the head engineer in this space, I focused on creating clean paperwork and trying to improve my documentation of the system, while also improving on my leadership and communication skills within our team and with the crew at our work calls. See examples of paperwork below.

System Diagrams

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Signal Flow
Signal Flow

Signal Flow of the sound system for ...And Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi.

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Intercom System Flow
Intercom System Flow

Diagram depicting the signal flow of the wired and wireless digital intercom system on ...And Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi

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Video Flow
Video Flow

Diagram depicting the signal flow for the digital video system in ...And Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi

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Signal Flow
Signal Flow

Signal Flow of the sound system for ...And Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi.

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Patch Sheets

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Speaker Patch
Speaker Patch

A list of all relevant information needed to patch the sound system. Includes the loudspeaker's location, what rigging hardware is required, and from what source it is receiving analog signal, digital signal, and power.

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Intercom Patch
Intercom Patch

Patch sheet for the intercom system that includes assignments for each device, the digital signal patch, and what model of beltpack and headset each user needs.

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Video Patch
Video Patch

A list of all the equipment needed for the installation of our video system, including where each device sends/receives signal, and where they receive power.

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Speaker Patch
Speaker Patch

A list of all relevant information needed to patch the sound system. Includes the loudspeaker's location, what rigging hardware is required, and from what source it is receiving analog signal, digital signal, and power.

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Speaker Plot

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Cable Checklist

Generated for our shop prep. I created a list of all of the cables in our system so that we could pull, label, and organize them in an efficient way. Cable naming conventions and label methods are loosely based off of the typical Broadway style. This was generated using Minotaur, a piece of software developed for FIlemakerPro that allows for the tracking of equipment and generation of cable labels, among other functions. Click on the image to see the full document.

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