The Underneath

A chinese lion statue

Underneath lies the spring, as deep as the sea. No one knows where it goes. Maybe to the center of the earth. It seems it is holding great treasures. The holds of ancient ships. Open the gate. You can see the light through the cracks.

Made for the 2012 San Francisco Tape Music Festival at ODC Theater. Inspired and drawn from The Cutting Ball Theater production of Pelleas and Melisande.

The Homecoming

Written by Harold Pinter, directed by Carey Perloff for American Conservatory Theater

Opening music from Pinter's brutal 1965 comedy.

Pelleas and Melisande

Written by Maurice Maeterlink, directed by Rob Melrose for The Cutting Ball Theater

This new translation of Maeterlink's symbolist classic featured a complete score of original music. This is one of a suite of pieces for vibraphone and electronics.


Written by David Mamet, directed by Irene Lewes for American Conservatory Theater

Opening music from Mamet's new offering on race relations.

Dead Man's Cell Phone

Written by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Susi Damilano for SF Playhouse

Original music for the 'cell phone ballet'.

The Creature

Written by Trevor Allen, directed by Rob Melrose for Black Box Theater

A world premiere based on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, told from the creature's perspective. This piano composition underscored the final scene. The sound design included some very abstract electronic ambiences, and numerous live microphone effects. The music threw those dissonant elements into relief.

Thoughts on Pelleas and Melisande

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Listen to a short conversation with Parker Monroe on the music for The Cutting Ball Theater's production of Pelleas and Melisande.

Interview on Sound Design Live

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Listen to an interview with Nathan Lively on his sound design podcast.