Puppet Macbeth

Puppet Macbeth was performed in the Kronauer Space at Adams House (Harvard University) in December 2002. The directors and the puppet-makers, Moss Bittner and Emily Carmichael, asked me to produce a score and sound effects for the production, which I played live via laptop during the performances.

I tried to match their vision for Macbeth’s Scotland, which tended toward the spooky,

the ethereal,

and the carnivalesque.

I also put together some spaghetti-western-inspired, quasi-Scottish,

hip-hop-informed, war marches.

And I embraced the opportunity to experiment more with musique concrete, sampling a refrigerator to evoke the phenomenological shifts when Macbeth starts seeing ghosts (and then playing with the sound in between scenes),

grabbing and amplifying the sound of Moss knocking on a table to simulate the pounding on the castle door (and then, again, playing with the sound after the scene),

and reproducing, more rhythmically, the din of dinner.


I believe there’s a video floating around somewhere out there. Perhaps someday the show will have a second life. Meantime, the music lives on, if you care to listen.


I'm a techno-musicologist, internet annotator, imagined community organizer.

I left my <3 in the digital global, but I reside in Cambridge, MA, where I'm from.

I represent like that.

wayne at wayneandwax dot com

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