Almost Maine is a heart-felt romantic comedy by John Cariani presented in a series of short vignettes about the fragility and resilience of love in a small fictitious wintery town in northern Maine. The production was produced by the University of Rochester’s student acting troop The Opposite of People (TOOP) and directed by Meredith Watson. It was given a series of four performances in April of 2017.
With the support of the Eastman Audio Research Studio, Marc designed a multichannel experience for the production that used a custom five speaker layout: four onstage frontal speakers lined across the horizontal set and one backstage speaker, utilizing the entire space. Together with guitarist Austin Wahl, they chose the folk song St. Paul Revival to act as the main theme of the show, and using material from a session of guided improvisational games with Austin, Marc constructed musical transitions for each of the 11 total scenes. Marc also designed incidental ambience for each scene, including winter sounds, bar noise, a laundry room, and a sonification of objectified Love, making for an almost constant painting of sound and music for the 90 minute show.
Below is a collection of stereo mix downs from the 5 channel spatializations used in the show.
Music for during the Prolouge
Music for after the scene Sad and Glad
Music for when the Northern lights appear during the scene Her Heart
Music for after the scene They Fell
A sonification of love, used in the scene Getting it Back
Music used after the scene Where it Went
Muisic used in the Epilouge
Find out more about the guitarist here: https://www.austinwahl.com/
Director: Meredith Watson
Assistant Director: Jessica Ervin
Cast: Neal Ganguli, Amanda Gillen, Sarah Kingsley, Ben Frazer, Murie Gillett, Reid Wilson, Anne Boatman, Steph Busch, Rosie Flanagan, Jordan Polcyn- Evans
Set: Adam Parker
Costumes: Keneon Williams, Steph Busch
Props: Sarah Kingsley
Lights: Emily Ivey
Lights Apprentice: Michelle French
Sound and Original Music: Marc Laroussini
Guitarist: Austin Wahl