Lately I am pondering if the position of composer and that of sound designer are converging. I'm not talking about John Williams rolling up his sleeves and going diggin' into Hollywood Edge for some footsteps and door slams. I am talking about the fact that more and more directors are coming to me and asking if I would be interested in also doing the sound design.
I am honestly not a big fan of sound design work....foley and ADR can be tedious and not very rewarding (the goal is to disguise your work as if it's all natural location sound), but I am starting to get a funny feeling that this trend is not going away.
In the videogame community, there is a long history of sound designers also being the composers on a game (and vice versa). Even in titles where money is not an issue like Halo 2, the composer was also the sound designer.
So what is going on?
I have a bit of a unique background in the sense that I have had such a close working relationship with a top notch sound designer that I know quite a bit about it. But I can't imagine that many composers are experienced or qualified enough to take on that role. Yet more and more directors and producers (and not just the el cheapo ones) are asking for composers who can do the sound design.
Any thoughts? Is this a result of the consolidation of technology and the way films are made (ie. directors become editors with FCP, editors become compositors and vfx with Motion and Shake, and so on)?