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




LoopLabs (free sounds & mixing)

  1. make a profile
  2. check out sounds and add them to the mainstream (you can mix them and mess with them)
  3. in order to download them you have to publish the sounds you’ve chose (when you publish make sure you select the options that it can be downloaded by anyone)
  4. after, click on the infinity loop to the right and click “view profile” and your published sounds should appear then click download

Helping Homeless Youth

I plan on interviewing Mary Howe the executive director of the Homeless Youth Alliance and my white mom. I would live to do an intro explaining how our paths crossed and how many other  “stray kids” she has been able to help



  1. How many adult children have you adopted?
  2. How did this “adoption” start?
  3. How many of us are connected to HYA?
  4. How old were you when you started HYA?
  5. Why did you start HYA?
  6. Was it ever difficult to work with homeless youth as a sober person?

Types of Competition – A Conversation of the Benefits and Implications of Organized Sports

Interviews : I am interviewing Mills and UCB students about their involvement in sports before and during college.

  • Do you feel that organized sports have supported you throughout your life and/or academic career?
  • Do you think that organized sports differ drastically from less competitive sports clubs?
  • If you were to change one thing about current sports culture, what would that be?
  • What is one thing that you really value from organized sports?


  • 2 people in an organized sport currently
  • 1 person who likes to attend sport events
  • 2 people who are no longer in sports but played most of their life
  • 1 person who does not like sports and has not played

Sound Wish List

  • Coach whistle
  • Parents clapping or shouting
  • fans clapping and/or shouting
  • Room Sound
  • Cheers and chants from games




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.




Women in Hip Hop – Jameka Townsend

I’m doing a story about Women in Hip Hop. What is interesting about it is there are many women in Hip Hop (rappers, models, producers, engineers, videographers, DJs, agents and etc.) but many aren’t recognized or acknowledged due to Hip Hop being a largely male dominated genre.

Interview As
What are your goals as an artist?
What challenges do you face as an artist?
When did you start your artistry?
How do you want your fans and listeners to receive your art?
How do you craft your work/art?
Are there other artists you aspire to work with?
Who are your influences?
What does it mean to be a Hip Hop artist in Seattle? Let alone a Hip Hop artist who is a woman?
**Questions about themes in projects esp latest “The Most High”**
In which ways are you still growing as an artist?
Where do your ideas/words for your work transpire?

Sound wish list
Song outtakes in studio
Traffic noise
Clips of artist’s music

Canticle Farm – Arya Samuelson


At first glance, you might think Canticle Farm in Oakland is like the many other community gardens and urban farms, growing vegetables and other local produce. But it’s actually a radical social justice experiment that plants the seeds of people’s dreams and nurtures them into fruition. While Canticle runs many projects, my podcast episode will focus on Canticle’s communal residence run by and for former prisoners. The residence provides a safe home base from which formerly incarcerated men can support each other in their journey to heal and pursue their dreams.

Sound Wish List:

–       interview with Anne Symens-Bucher

–       1 or 2 interviews with men living in the re-entry house

–       interviews with regular participants talking about what Canticle means to them

–       sounds of the farm – animals, people working in the garden

–       sounds of children playing in the garden during their class visit

–       Anne explaining how the farm works at various events I’ll be attending

–       ambient sound from the street – what does the immediate neighborhood sound like? may also want to walk around a busier street in Fruitvale for contrast

–       people greeting one another at the weekly Sunday liturgy

–       singing, chanting, dancing, and sharing at the Sunday liturgy

–       sounds of community and eating at the weekly dinners

–       interactions between people at the re-entry house

–       sounds of eating at the re-entry house

–       the sounds of moving through the space at Canticle Farm and the re-entry house with narration describing what it looks like



Interview Questions for Anne Symens-Bucher, the founder


What experiences in your life inspired you to launch Canticle Farm?

-Why did you choose Fruitvale?

-Can you tell me about your initial vision for Canticle Farms?

-How has your vision evolved over time?

– I’ve read in interviews that you describe Canticle Farms as a “peace community.” What does this mean to you?

-How is spirituality important to Canticle?

-What does diversity mean to you?

-How has the immediate neighborhood received Canticle?

-What have been the biggest challenges?

-How are decisions about projects/programs/offerings at Canticle made? (i.e. consensus, majority, appointed leaders, strategic groups)

-What does leadership look like at Canticle?

-How do you want to see Canticle grow?

-What challenges do people face upon leaving the prison system?

-How is your re-entry house different than the programs offered by social services?

-Why are alternative models to these programs important?

-How is Canticle responding to gentrification?


Interview Questions for the Men living in the Re-Entry House


-How did you learn about Canticle’s re-entry house?

-What appealed to you about their model?

-What does living in community mean to you?

-How is this house different than the other re-entry programs?

-What’s the hardest thing about living in the house?

-What are the challenges that people face upon leaving the prison system?

-How do you choose and assess whether someone is a good match for Canticle?

-Describe the kind of person who would succeed in the re-entry house

-Describe the kind of person who wouldn’t succeed

-What have you learned about communication by living in the house?

-Why does the house only accept 4 people at a time?

-What do you wish more people knew about what re-entry is like?

-How do you want to see Canticle grow in coming years?

-What keeps you living at the house?

-What do you think your life could look like if you weren’t at Canticle?

-What does home mean to you?



“Your Heart’s Gonna Tell You Something Eventually…” – Feeding the Heart and Soul of a Filipino-American Family

This podcast will examine the conflict between heart health and dietary practices of a Filipino-American family in Vallejo, CA. While this phenomenon is well documented in health science, I think it would be more interesting to hear stories directly from those that experience this conflict in their daily lives.

Interview Questions (tentative, will edit as necessary):

How would you describe our family’s health history? How about your own health?
How would you describe Filipino food?
What’s your favorite Filipino dish?
What are the main health concerns of your family?
Studies have shown that Filipino American communities have significant rates of diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. Why do you think this is?

Sound Wishlist:

  • my grandmother’s gas stove lighting up
  • my car engine starting
  • oil sizzling
  • washing rice in a bowl
  • pages turning
  • ambient noise of my grandmother’s kitchen
  • the Campanil’s bell
  • church bell
  • ambient noise of people eating a meal