Sound Art Projects

 

Forgotten Fighters – Artist Statement

Overview

Originally planned to be used for the mid-term project, this work of sound art is based on veterans’ experiences. This project was meant to highlight the fact that things veterans experience can heavily influence them and how they go about their lives. I did this because I wanted to bring these facts to light, and in so doing help to create awareness and understanding of things that veterans may have experienced, as well as the resulting quirks.

Background

The stories collected are from my fellow veterans Dave and Eric, recorded in the veteran center on the WSU – Vancouver campus, in the Spring of 2017. I went with this project idea because it was a chance to highlight veterans’ issues and to bring awareness to them. It was also a far better project idea than what I was going to go with previously.

Description

In the interest of time, I limited the number of storytellers on display in the final installation to two, and chose two people whom I knew spent several years in the Army and Marine Corps, respectively, and would have had much more colorful experiences then someone like me, who had only spent 4 years in.

Statement of Purpose

My purpose here was to bring awareness to issues and experiences that may plague veterans, as well as to create an opening for dialogue and understanding of those experiences, or awareness at the very least, because true understanding may be a difficult thing to achieve.

Materials and Methodology

I utilized a Blue Yeti microphone, along with Adobe Audition, as well as an AN/GRA-39 field phone for the physical sound installation. My method was simply asking if they were comfortable sharing a story of their choosing, and then establishing a date and time to meet.

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Close Encounters of the Disappointing Kind

By Ryan Schafte

Overview

This work is a take on the old trope of alien encounters, in the literal sense as portrayed in various movies. In those movies, the aliens either show up in peace and we shoot them, or they show up to attack and set a few cities on fire, but they never show up for five seconds and just leave without saying a word. As such I set out to make an old-time radio broadcast/audio drama along the lines of Orson Wells, about an alien encounter that doesn’t end as these things normally do.

Background

This piece was made as a midterm project for DTC 338 – Sound Installations in late February/early March at WSU Vancouver. Originally, I was going to do something else, but decided that the other idea would do better for the final. Because the provided theme was “alien encounters,” the idea was already in my head, so luckily it didn’t take long to come up with an idea.

Description

This is meant to sound like an old radio broadcast taking place at “Orson Park,” reporting on the appearance of an alien craft. The craft slowly comes to rest on the ground, and the aliens emerge, all with some sense of tension, which all fizzles out as the aliens turn right back around and leave

Statement of Purpose

What I wanted to accomplish here was to create a comedic piece, that defies the standard conventions of alien stories, like War of the Worlds and The Day the Earth Stood Still. With these movies, there’s always some conflict that’s either initiated by us or them, and I thought it would be entertaining to have a piece where nothing like that happens, and to get people to think about ways genres can be turned around.

 

 

Materials and Methodology

I recorded the narration, hatch opening, and walking down the ramp audio using my Blue Yeti microphone, a twist-top Rockstar energy drink can, and a can of compressed air, and the hovering sound and ramp lowering with my phone using a voice changing application. The resulting audio was then mixed using Adobe Audition. Because the class encourages creativity, I strove to record as much of the audio myself, finding ways around roadblocks as they appeared. The only audio that wasn’t my own recording was the ambient crowd sound running in the background. My archival page was built using WordPress, which seemed like the most expedient way to handle that portion, especially considering that the site was already established.