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My name is Gordon Romei, and I'm an award-winning sound designer (PAMTA, 2011) active in the greater Portland Oregon metro area.  I try to balance both musical theatre and "straight" play design, and have branched out into educational theatre in recent years. This site is intended as both a showcase for my own creations, and a resource for others interested in learning about and playing with the creative possibilties of sound.  We are illusionists by trade, but on rare occasion, create real magic.

I approach sound design for theatre from the perspectives of extensive work with experimental composition/performance techniques, and a long history as a percussionist. Theatre, music and dance often blended over the years, and I consider all sound as musical, equally valid in time and space. I'm as likely to suggest the sound of either a winsome, Mixolydian-mode harp passage for a cue as I am an hungover meerkat lounging on a hammock, impatiently awaiting a tropical drink to be delivered by a long-past-his-prime lounge singer wishing he were Davy Jones.

Depends on the script, the show, and the director. If I'm not helping to tell the story, I'm failing.

“Running through Defunkt’s production [of ‘Blasted’] is water – showers, baths, the sound of rain. By the end of the performance the high-pitched clink of a drop hitting a flat surface is loud and distorted: it hurts your ears. The idea of the ritual cleansing, the purity of a brilliant and necessary element, is transformed into something useless against a tide of blood. Ceremony and catastrophe alike, through time, can be made vacant and meaningless. Gordon Romei’s sound design, which is instrumental to the production’s effectiveness, slowly creeps up on you like a stranger in a dark alley. “

- Christa Morletti McIntyre, Oregon ArtsWatch