Sound Design

| A selected collection of original work:

Maddi Deckard - Sound in 24 - USITT21.mp4

Sound design is all original; visuals are from 'Mountain', a nature video game.

This sound design was created for the "Sound in 24" Challenge at the USITT 2021 Conference. Completed in less than 24 hours, all sounds are original recordings that were then modified while designing. USITT's Sound Commission organized the challenge and held a playback session, where designs were presented.


The Sound in 24 Challenge is a 24-hour challenge that tests the skills of the designers to create a sound design with the prompt. No commercial or pre-recorded libraries were allowed. Everyone gathered their own sounds from the environment around them. This year’s prompt was a video of clips from the game 'Mountain.' It has been described by the creator as an "Existential Nature Simulation."


DAW: Ableton Live | Category: Game Audio Design

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Short Interludes is a small compilation of music interlude excerpts, all originally composed and mixed.

The cover photo and all pieces are original.

DAW: Logic Pro X | Category: Music Production, Composition

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"The River" was created as part of TSDCA's Fall Creative Challenge and then presented to various members of the Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association. Maddi Deckard collaborated on a team with Joseph Gherardi and Isabel Waldie. The River, a poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson, inspired the piece. Maddi sourced sounds and created the arrangement with initial mixing. Joseph did all field recording and completed the final mastering. Isabel worked on the musical instrumentation and the voiceover.

DAW: Logic Pro X | Category: Poetry

Maddi Deckard - The Kingdom of the Fairies (Méliès 1903) - Sound Design Only.mov
Sound design only version, musical composition removed; visuals from 'The Kingdom of the Fairies' (Méliès 1903).

Sound "Re-Design" for Silent Film


For a mentorship project, a music composition and sound design were created for this excerpt from the silent film The Kingdom of the Fairies (Méliès 1903). The mentor, a recording artist, provided knowledge in music production techniques for the composition. The version provided here is only the sound design.


All composition and design was created by Maddi Deckard with an original composition and sourced, copyright-free sounds. The project was one of seven projects chosen to be presented at the virtual closing event for mentors and mentees.


DAW: Pro Tools | Category: Movies & Film

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"low fidelity melody" is an excerpt from a song created in collaboration with Rachel Ross. Both Maddi and Rachel composed, recorded, and mixed for the song.

DAW: Ableton Live | Category: Music Production, Composition

COMC YouTube Intro Clip.mp4

Sound Design & Music Sync for YouTube Intro

Sound effects designed to compliment select visual aspects of video animation (created by COMC's film lead). Music track edited to sync with the movement of illustrations - edited in Adobe Audition to create a shorter version to fit the introduction.

Music is copyright-free. Animated video licensed for use in videos on Color of Music Collective's YouTube.

DAW: Adobe Audition + VE: Premiere Pro | Category: Content Creation

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Anonymous Vision is a compilation album from the members of MUS344-01: "Live Performance with Technology," directed by Sarah Belle Reid. The album features new works exploring experimental synthesis, sampling, and sound design techniques. Maddi's contributions to the album are a solo track entitled "submerged hysteria" and 1 part of a 12-part 'blind recording' collaboration between the entire MUS344 Ensemble (explained more below).

DAWs: VCV Rack, Ableton Live | Category: Synthesis, Composition

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"Sounds of a Tethered Dusk" was created as a 'blind recording' project, in which each member of the MUS344 Ensemble responded individually to a text prompt ("noises sharpen into swift golden dusk") without hearing or seeing the other participants. The individual tracks were then layered on top of one another to create a 12-part composition.

MUS344 Ensemble: Ted Davis, Maddi Deckard, Nick Glaab, Paul Gutierrez, Parker Hutcheson, Mared Jurphy, Tom LaHorgue, Stephan Lee, Everett Pearson, Zach Salem-Mackall, Sean White, Aaron Zimmer. Directed by: Sarah Belle Reid, sarahbellereid.com.

DAWs: VCV Rack, Ableton Live | Category: Synthesis, Composition

Foley and Sound Design for Pixar's Brave.mov

Sound Re-Design for Brave

A brief clip from Pixar's Brave (2012) with original sound design, ADR, and a simple background underscoring.

Footage belongs to Disney & Pixar. All audio and sounds are self-recorded or public source, copyright free sounds. Composition underscoring created with virtual instruments, utilizing MIDI.

DAW: Logic Pro X | Category: Movies & Film

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Pieces of Pieces is a short compilation album of excerpts from pieces and miscellaneous dark compositions. It is an incomplete continuation of isolated sounds and misplaced soundscapes.

All pieces are original and the album artwork was also designed by Maddi Deckard.

DAWs: VCV Rack | Category: Synthesis, Composition

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Graphic Score Realizations is a playlist of selected graphic score realizations. Graphic scores are visual images used as representations for musical composition outside of the realm of traditional music notation. The short pieces created here are meant to evoke the landscape of structured symbols.

All pieces are original and Maddi Deckard also edited the album cover.

DAWs: Logic Pro X | Category: Composition, Experimental

Media & Visual Design

Visual Expressionist Design - Lonely from Lovely Little Lonely .mov

Projections Design

An expressionist visual design of "Lonely" from Lovely Little Lonely by The Maine. Created using a combination of QLab and Adobe AfterFX.

Music by The Maine (themaineband.com). All videos are public source or original.

Deckard,Maddi_After Effects Album Art_2.mov

Digital Media Design

Animation of the album cover art for Apollo 11 by Adam Young. Created using Adobe After Effects.

Music by Adam Young (ayoungscores.com) with artwork by James R Eads (jamesreads.com).

OCTG Roundtable Promo Video - Maddi Deckard.mov

Digital Media Promo Video

A promotional video created for Orange County Theatre Guild's "Theatre Going Virtual" roundtable discussion. Audio edited in Adobe Audition.

All graphic elements and animation created using Adobe After Effects. Music is copyright-free.

COMC Motion Graphic_2021 GRAMMY Panel - Maddi Deckard.mov

Motion Graphic Animation

Animated motion graphic title for YouTube video of music industry panel, "The GRAMMYs: Behind the Nominees."

Graphic design by COMC graphics volunteer.

COMC Motion Graphic_AAPI Panel - Maddi Deckard.mov

Motion Graphic Animation

Animated motion graphic for YouTube video of music industry panel, "Challenges AAPIs Face Working in the Music Industry."

Graphic design by COMC graphics volunteer.

VExercise06 Maddi Deckard v2.mov

A/V Post-Production Edit

Remix of Audio in Adobe Audition synced to video edit created in Adobe Premiere Pro.

Music and videos are all public source.

Lighting Design

Group Lighting Design - Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen.mov

"Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen

Lighting design completed in collaboration with four theatre students at Chapman University (Avery Tang, Lia Weed, Taylor Winter, and Ethan Stoneham). Presented in the O.L Halsell Studio Theatre for our final design project.

Group Lighting Design - Carless Whisper Remix.mov

"Never Gonna Careless Whisper Remix" (ft. Careless Whisper by George Michael, Mii Music by Nintendo Wii, and Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley)

Collaboration with five other theatre students at Chapman University (Kaylee Snow, Ethan Stoneham, Avery Tang, Lia Weed, and Taylor Winter).