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5 minutes with a Tony nominee: ‘Stereophonic’’s Ryan Rumery

The longtime sound designer earns his first Tony Award nomination for creating an authentic recording studio on a Broadway stage.

Ryan Rumery (Credit: Courtesy of DKC/O&M)

Ask Ryan Rumery about preparing to design the sound for “Stereophonic” and he’ll tell you that “all of the things that I know and have done in my life and my career have been put into this play.” 

Rumery is a percussionist and keyboardist. He’s a composer for film, television and podcasts. (His music is often heard on “This American Life.”) Rumery has also served as a music producer, editor and recording engineer. On Broadway, he made his debut as the assistant sound designer for 2004’s “Sight Unseen.” His first credit as lead designer came in 2008 with “Thurgood” and has since designed the sound for 2015’s “Fool for Love,” 2019’s “Be More Chill” and “The Lightning Thief” and 2022’s “Between Riverside and Crazy.”

“Stereophonic” called upon every one of his skills in order to create the authentic sound of a recording studio in 1976. Here, Rumery digs into the details of his sound design — from speaker type to microphone placement — in order to achieve the raw and real sound for David Adjmi’s demanding drama.

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