Twenty Thousand Leagues Behind The Scenes: Richard Feren
Richard Feren : Sound Design
Richard has been creating music and sound scores for Canadian theatre, dance and film since 1992. He also composes his own music and his first album, Rapture, was released on CD in 1997 under the name Crimescene, followed by The Mill, released in 2009. In 1998, he released Descent of Ishtar, a suite of middle-eastern-influenced music, commissioned by the Arabesque Dance Company for a stunningly beautiful production that envisioned the Dance of the Seven Veils as a colourful kabbalistic journey for an ensemble of belly dancers.
Richard’s selected sound designs and compositions can be heard in You Can’t Take It With You, Royal Comedians, Endgame, Oleanna, Fronteras Americanas, A Month in the Country, White Biting Dog; Antigone, Raisin In The Sun, The Real Inspector Hound, Black Comedy, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters, The Chairs, King Lear, Phèdre, Betrayal, The Guardsman, King Lear, Loot, Mirandolina, Platonov, What the Butler Saw (Soulpepper Theatre); The Mill (parts 1-4) (Theatrefront); My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding (Mirvish Productions); Cul-de-sac, In on It, You Are Here, Monster, Here Lies Henry, The Soldier Dreams andExcerpts From The EMO Journals (da da kamera); Revisited (2B theatre); This Is What Happens Next, Half-Life, Insomnia, The Eco Show (Necessary Angel); Russell Hill, The Good Life, The Designated Mourner and Faust (Tarragon Theatre); Arigato Tokyo, Blasted, Silicone Diaries, Steel Kiss/Gulag, Live With It, Eternal Hydra (Buddies In Bad Times Theatre); THIS,Blue/Orange, Good Night Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) and The Soldier Dreams (Canadian Stage Company);Unidentified Human Remains and Dali (Crow’s Theatre); The Satie Project (Dancemakers); Possible Worlds, This Hotel(Theatre Passe Muraille); History of the Village with the Small Huts: Trudeau and the FLQ and The VideoCabaret News(VideoCabaret).
Upcoming sound design credits include Angels in America, Entertaining Mr. Sloane (Soulpepper Theatre Company).
Richard’s feature film work includes Robert Lepage’s Possible Worlds and Daniel MacIvor’s Past Perfect. He has also composed scores for various short films and videos, most recently Miklat by Rita Leistner and Small, Stupid and Insignificant by Valerie Buhagiar. He has also crafted music for several websites, flash animations and industrial videos and wrote a new original score for the classic silent horror film Nosferatu.
Richard has won seven Dora Mavor Moore Awards, received the Pauline McGibbon Award in 1999 and was shortlisted for the 2012 Siminovitch Prize.