National Parks Service – Natural Sounds & Night Skies Division

Hi everyone,

Here’s an article from the New York Times about a special project within the National Parks Service to record natural sounds in the parks, and use them for study purposes.  The article includes an audio file of a grizzly bear destroying the microphone.

It’s One of North America’s Quietest Places. Along Came a Bear…. – The New York Times

And here’s a link to the National Parks Service Natural Sounds & Night Skies Division website, with all kinds of resources about audio, recording sounds in nature, AND a library of sounds they’ve recorded.

Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division (U.S. National Park Service)

Cool stuff.

Lisa Patten

 

 

 

Dog Study at Mills – Questions

Interviews with people on the street about their dogs:

  • Do you think your dog is intelligent?
  • What if he could be tested?
  • Would you want to know just how intelligent he is?
  • How do you think that would help relationship with your dog/his behavior?

Interviews with TA and Prof. leading program: (just a general idea of questions to ask)

  • Ask them each to introduce themselves
  • To Prof:
    • Would you please describe this study to me ?
    • I’m not a psychologist or a scientist of any kind. Would you please explain Piaget’s theory to me, in layman’s terms?  (Piaget for Dummies)
    • How did you get involved?
    • How long has it been going on?
    • [Refer to the 6-page guide about the study]
    • I’m not a scientist, or a psychologist: Would you explain “Piaget’s Object Permanence Theory” to me in layman’s language?
    • How do you take this theory, devised using human subjects, and apply it to dogs?
    • What can this test show us?

Short interviews with dog owners (& their dogs):

  • Ask them to tell me their first name and to introduce me to their dog
  • Why are you doing this?
  • Have you done this before?
  • What do you expect might happen?

Short interviews with dog owners (& their dogs):

  • Have you done this before?
  1. If yes:
    • Do you think your dog is learning something?
    • Or is this a no-brainer for him/her?
    • Do you think your dog enjoys this? 

To dog:

  • “So what do you think about these tests? I see that you’ve done them before…?”
  • Add dog sounds here as appropriate: snuffling mic?, whimpers, barks, whatever I get, even if I don’t get anything
  1. If no
  • What do you think it will be like?
  • Are you nervous?
  • How do you think [dog’s name] will do?

Follow-up after testing:

To owners:

  • So how did you think it went?

To dogs:

  • So how did you think it went?

To facilitator:

  • So how did you think it went?
  • What did you learn from this test session?
  • So where does this data go? Who keeps it?
  • What happens next?

Back with Prof. & TA: Final questions

  • How does the data look? What did you learn from this particular trial?
  • What are the application(s) of your data?
  • What other work is currently being done in this subject area?
  • Are there other schools of thought on this topic?
  • Where and how is all of this data stored?
  • Is it available for any other researcher who needs this kind of data?

 

Lisa Patten

September 29th, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

Dog Study at Mills: Sound Wish List

Dog Study at Mills   [working title]                                                        Sound Wish List

All details are subject to change.

Overall, I’ll be adding music and sounds under and between segments to add color & help to tell the story.

Sounds to include:

  • Dog sounds, i.e. walking around, toenails on floor, whimpering, barking, sound of dog munching on biscuit, sound of tail wagging and hitting floor or wall; sounds during testing including walking to bowls, sniffing, munching, etc. I will/may add others as I discover them.
  • Owner sounds,e. interviews, talking to dog, walking indoors & outdoors with dog, sound of clicking dog up to leash, and releasing him; instructions, comments to dog during study; comments & questions to person conducting test, etc.; I will/may add others as I discover them.
  • Interviews with:
    • Professor who created the study
    • TA who assists on study
    • Other students helping out on study
    • Brief interviews with dog owners (& dogs, depending on how they respond)
    • “Man on the Street” interviews with dog owners, possibly at a dog park
    • Any other authority on subject area
  • Narration / V/O
  • Music – Subtle & instrumental, in the background and/or the foreground as appropriate playing under certain segments IF appropriate; also to be used as punctuation, etc. Am also checking to see if the theme song to “Lassie” TV show is in the public domain.
  • Room sound: In every setting where I record
  • Ambient sound: When present, in every setting where I record.

 

 

 

Dog Study at Mills – Pitch & Outline of Script

Podcast –  Pitch

I’m doing a podcast about a study being conducted at Mills College that examines how we learn; it’s interesting because the test subjects are dogs.

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Podcast – Script Outline  [to be revised as needed]

Dog Study at Mills   [working title]

Order will change, interspersed with sounds of dogs, people talking to their dogs, etc.  I’ll also use music in a subtle way in the background, if and where appropriate

  • Set the Scene – study at Mills re. learning process
  • Brief descriptions of Piaget’s “Object Permanence” theories
  • Reveal: In this case, test subjects are dogs
  • One or two sentences about what study is testing
  • Brief description about applications of these findings
  • Interviews with people on the street about their dogs: Do you think your dog is intelligent?  What if he could be tested?  Would you want to know just how intelligent he is?   How do you think that would help relationship with your dog/his behavior?
  • Interviews with TA and Professor leading program: Describe study & its purpose
  • Short interviews with dog owners (& their dogs): Why are you doing this?
  • Record sessions: Sound clips of commands, dog sounds & response, room response, etc.
  • Short interviews with dog owners (& their dogs): Have you done this before? Do you think your dog is learning something?  Or is this a no-brainer?  Do you think your dog enjoys this?
  • Brief clip of dog sounds during session
  • What other work is currently being done in this subject area?
  • Are there other schools of thought on this topic?
  • Dog sounds
  • Summary of big meaning
  • Dog sounds
  • Conclusion

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Podcast – Questions [posted separately 9/29/2017]

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Podcast – Sound Wishlist   [posted separately 9/29/2017]

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Podcast – Fantasy Script  [printed, submitted 9/29]

 

Lisa Patten

September 29th, 2017