This website is for a midterm project at Washington State University.
Digital Technology 338, Sound Installations
with Dr. John Barber.
My work for the midterm in Sound Installations is a three minute
sound clip that features a storytelling experiment. This experiment
includes a narrator, sound clips I make and downloaded from the
internet. The narrator of the sound clip is my grandma Pat. Pat
Jones has just turned 91 years old and I thought it would be a good
idea to record a reflection of her's in looking back on 91 years of
life in the Pacific Northwest.
This recording was made at my grandma's house. It was edited at
my house and WSU. Being as old as my grandma is, she is quite
sharp. She can still remember back to short moments and stories
of her childhood, being a nurse, and a mother of 4. Although,
she does fade in and out in thought when we ask her to remember
something from so long ago. I doubt I will live as long as her.
Just to clear things up for listeners: In the beginning she
explains about a fire engine that was taken out for a joyride
by my Dad (her son Scott Jones) and a friend of his. For the
record, it wasn't a huge fire engine. It was a fire cheif's
fireman car. I'm unsure of my Dad's friend's name, but his
Dad was the fireman they stole the car from. The way they got
caught was because a fireman saw the car out driving around at
4 in the morning. The fireman asked my Dad's friend's Dad (the
fire cheif) what he was doing out so late. The friends Dad said
he wasn't out late at all. That's how they got caught. And
yes they were only fifteen.
A few times she brings up my Grandpa Don. This shouldn't be
confused with Donald Trump who she bashes in the middle of the
Statement of Purpose:
I have always wanted something creative that stars my Grandma
because she is really old and funny. I'm sure she has a lot of
stories to tell from her long life. I also wanted to know if
someone who has lived into their ninties can remember so far
back. One of the problems is that Pat never wants to be filmed
or have pictures of her. But she did agree to do a voiceover.
A Larger Notion of Aesthetics:
My sound clip fits within the guidelines for the assignment
because it's length is over six minutes. There is only a small
amount of musical ambiance for effect. I use a digital recorder,
microphone, and sound recording programs.
Materials and Method:
I used Garageband 10, a shot microphone, a narrator, two
interviewers (Myself and Cara Cottingham). I downloaded extra
sound effects from freesound.org. As my Grandma explains her
life, the sound clips take the listener back to the exact moment
I want a fun, funny, and focused sound clip that brings up issues
from the past, present, and future. I want our family to be able to
have something like this lingering, even after Pat Jones passes away
of old age. As for playing it in class, I hope the sounds of war don't
bother anyone who may be suffering from P.T.S.D. Also, Grandma Pat
reflects on our new President Donald Trump (She doesn't like him).
I appoligize in advance if any of this offends you.
My Grandma did her best to help me with my school project. She
thinks that my schooling is very important. Grandma went to the
University of Washington, but I have an aunt Robin who graduated
at WSU with creator Matt Groening of the Simpsons. I was a little
worried my Dad and other relatives won't like this, but I guess
we will see what they think in the years to come.
Special thanks to Pat Jones, Scott Jones, and Cara Cottingham.
2 Minute Sound Clip
6 Minute Sound Clip
Discription of My Work:
My work can be kind of dark and weird sometimes. This is just
me trying to create something new, original, and funny. I have made the
sound effects play in between and during my Grandma's description
of her stories.
I am one of those guys who gets debated with a lot because
I like a lot of different creators and artists. I like the works
of Jeff Lynn and the Electric Light Orchestra, David Byrne and the
Talking Heads, Jackie Wilson, Ray Charles, Directors Stanley
Kubrick, Paul Thomas Anderson and the Cohen Brothers, Conan O'Brien,
Glenn Miller, John Landis, Danny Elfman, David Bowie, Bill Paxton,
Charles Wright and the Watts 103 St. Rhythm Band, Rik Ocasek and
the Cars, Tray Parker and Matt Stone, Bob Odenkirk, Matt Goening,
Jack Nicholson, Nicolas Cage, Danny McBride and Jody Hill, Scatman
Crothers, Whitney Houston, Refused, Steve harvey and the Family Fued,
Pete Seeger and his Goofing Off Suite (It doesn't mean I goof off in
school).....The list goes on and on.