For other versions, see Macbeth.
Delia seems to have reused sound from Aztecs, thunder from King Lear and something from her music for Yoko Ono's Wrapping Event. On the VCS3 she created the "Sweet martlets", "crow" and "purry pussy" effects as well as the "twangy crochets" for one of the pieces of music. She also used "Annette's voice on tape, v.treated". This may be Annette Battam, who worked with Delia on the music of the 1970 Medea, also at the Greenwich Theatre (and took all the credit!).
“a production with some interesting effects of sound and vision for the supernatural and a semi-musical setting of the witch chants in contemporary idioms.”
“The [characters] are of no period or place and the sounds around them are electronic and anonymous.”
“A great night for the noises off... a night of whistling and whinnying and the calls of whippoorwills, of electronic music for the witches' chants, of echo chambers and metallic vibrations from the back projected ghosts.”
“[The] production gets nearer the centre of the play than more ambitious rivals. Liberally employing what Henry Reed once dubbed “reinforced concrete music” and setting the action on a tilted promontory suspended above two jagged edge rostra, it evokes the right atmosphere of eerie ambivalence in which nothing is but what is not.”
The following list of tracks is composited from various sheets in Delia's papers.
|No||Cue||Tape 1||Tape 2|
|1||Thunder in the distance, followed by the Witches' Noise - sea with a heartbeat behind it. 1/frac12; mins should be enough.||Thunder & witch background (2'25")|
|2||One warning shriek from a cat.||Cat|
|3||One warning noise from a frog.||Frog|
|4||One warning noise from a dog.||Dog|
|5||A short vicious noise of battle. 5 secs.||Battle|
|6||Thunder followed by the Witches' Noise (until "Peace"). 3 mins.||Witches (3'30")|
|7||Macbeth's drum. Short. 3 secs.||Drum|
|8||Witches' Noise again, after "Forres" until "I charge you". 3 mins.||Witches (4')|
|9||Scene link. Witches cat. Not warning, though. 5 secs.||Cat|
|10||Scene link - frog, then martlets? We could use the vicious ones here. 20 secs.
(I couldn't read Ewan's writing here - the word may not be "vicious"!!)
|Frog then Martlets|
|11||Witches' Noise. About 1 min.||Witches (1'15")|
|12||Martlets again. About 3 mins. Sweet.||Martlets|
|13||Banquet noise, 10 secs.[deleted]||Rec coming[?] thunder|
|14||Banquet noise, 10 secs.[deleted]|
|15||Storm. 7 secs.||Storm|
|16||Thunder going away. 5 secs.||Storm||Receding thunder|
|17||Witches' Noise. 30 secs.||Witches/Dagger speech (35s)|
|18||Crickets. 5 secs.||Cricket|
|19||Owl. One cry.||Owl|
|20||Dawn chorus of sinister martins. 1 min.||Martlets|
|21||Storm link. 20 secs.||Storm|
|22||Act end - link - frog. 5 secs.||Frog|
|-- Interval --|
|23||Opening noise - cat. One howl, not warning.||Cat (louder)|
|24||Trumpet. One call.||Trumpet|
|25||Witches' noise. 30 secs.||Witches (50s)|
|26||Horses arriving. 5 secs.||Horses on right arrive and mill about|
|27||Horses stopping and being led away. 5 secs.||Horses led away stage left|
|28||Scene link - frog. 5 secs.||Frog link [deleted]|
|29||Banquo arriving noise, and Witches' Noise until "Maws of kites". 2 mins.||Banquo [Alan[?] notices apparition]|
|30||Banquo arriving noise, until "Unreal mockery hence".||Banquo 45'|
|31||Link. Frog. 5 secs.||Frog/M&LM leave/what purpose?/sleep-dawn|
|32||Witches music sequence.||Witches music|
|33||Witches Noise. 45 secs.||Witches noise|
|34||1st apparition arriving. Thunder etc.? 5 secs.||1st appartition|
|35||1st apparition's words.||1st apparition words|
|36||2nd apparition arriving. 5 secs.||2nd apparition|
|37||2nd apparition's words.||2nd apparition words|
|38||3rd apparition arriving. 5 secs.||3rd apparition|
|39||3rd apparition's words.||3rd apparition words|
|39a||apparition app.||4th apparition approach|
|40||4th apparition noise. (about 1¼ mins, until macbeth collapses.||4th apparition sounds|
|41||Horses arriving (2 or 3) 5 secs.||Horses arrive|
|42||Link - a witches noise. Cat. 5 secs.||Cat + Thunder|
|43||Birdsong. England. 2 mins. (might also be brought in once or twoce during the scene.)||Birdsong England|
|44||Link into Dunsinane. Owl. 5 secs.|
|45||Link into Menteith. Soft drum roll. 5 secs.||Soft drum roll|
|46||Link into "Bring me no more reports". 5 secs.||Heart beat drum|
|47||Link into chambers. Heartbeat drum. 5 secs.||Heart beat drum|
|48||Link into "Hang out our banners". Heartbeat drum? 5 secs.||Heart beat drum|
|49||Sound of Birnam Wood approaching. 20 secs.||Birnam Wood|
|50||War trumpets sounding the call to battle, followed by battle noises. 1½ mins.||Trumpets into battle|
|51||Battle noises coming from stage-left ("That way the noise is") 1½ mins.||Battle stage left|
|52||Drum link, 5 secs.||Drum link/knives|
|53||Witches' familiars together (cat, frog, dog) 5 secs.||Three familiars/Thunder|
- DD135529: Letter dated 23 March 1971 from Ewan Hooper thanking Delia and Brian for their work on Macbeth sound.
- DD135629: Theatre programme: cover "First performance Feb. 18, 1971"
- DD135700: Theatre programme: cast and article by Ewan Hooper
- DD135745: Delia's handwritten notes: "1st sound - Change? (thicken thunder + echo)"
- DD135830: Zoom on top half of DD135820
- DD135854: Zoom on bottom half of DD135820
- DD135943: Delia's handwritten diagram of stage
- DD140104: Delia's handwritten notes: "35 .. 53" "Desk witches" (back of DD140051)
- DD140140: Typewritten cue sheet: "MACBETH / Sound / I.1. Sea breaking against cliffs"
- DD140152: Typewritten list of theatre personnel
- DD140554: Newspaper clipping: "Lady Macbeth - or just Miss World?" by Herbert Kretzmer: a short and scathing review
- DD140622: Newspaper clipping: "London gets a new Lady Macbeth", published one week before the opening night
- DD140754: Newspaper clipping: the image of Hildegard Neil above the Fiddick review
- DD140901: Newspaper clipping: "MILTON SHULMAN at the new Macbeth" from the Evening Standard: a mostly negative review.
- DD211: "Macbeth, Greenwich?"
- DD135820: Delia's handwritten list of corrections to her sounds.
- DD140920: Review "Macbeth" by B. A. Young
- DD140336: Delia's handwritten notes: "Sea alone" P.81 ...
- DD140402: Delia's handwritten notes: "P.3 Sea breaking & washing" ...
- DD140505: VCS3 dope sheet: "Macbeth - twangy crochets"
- DD140425: Delia's handwritten plan for a piece of music: "4 time / [A] Primitive vocal - mysterious, smokey"
- DD140448: Delia's handwritten plan for a piece of music: "4 time / [A] Organ - low reed - waw waw"
- DD140726: Review "Macbeth" by Peter Fiddick.
- DD140834: Review "Enter Corporal Macbeth" by Peter Lewis of the Daily Mail on 18th February.
- DD140642: Review "Macbeth" by Michael Billington in The Times newspaper.
- DD140239: Ewan Hooper's typewritten sheet of cues 1 to 29.
- DD140302: Ewan Hooper's typewritten sheet of cues 30 to 53.
- DD135914: Delia's handwritten list of cues 1-15.
- DD140051: Delia's handwritten list of cues 1-39.
- DD140025: Delia's handwritten list of cues 39-53.
- DD140011: Delia's handwritten timings for cues 1-53
- DD135928: Delia's handwritten list of corrections to cues 23 to 43.