Outstanding Sound Design or Composition
Any persons engaged as a sound designer or composer for a production are eligible for this award. This award recognizes outstanding achievement in composition of original music or original sound or the adaptation of sound elements either live or pre-recorded. This category is for completely original music and lyrics of a play or musical, or for completely original compositions which stand as underscoring or soundscapes for a play or musical, or to recognize entire compiled or original (or any combination thereof) underscores. In the case of a soundscape, the designer pulls from any number of sources, such as synthesized music, compiled sound effect or music tapes, etc. to develop an overall underscore. This category also applies in the case of the composer who sets a playwrights lyrics to new music.