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SHAPING MOMENTS

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INTRODUCTION \ Welcome to the Shaping Moments experience, this kit offers an enjoyable way of engaging with your loved-ones, experiencing problems with their memory. Whether in care or at home, the toolkit provides an easy and immersive way of engaging with them through creation of sounds from any domestic setting. Sounds created will transport conversations into exciting, imaginative worlds that would spark memories and fictional stories. In this kit, a guide book, a box, a starter audio narrative and an audio recorder are provided. This guide provides easy-to-follow instructions to create and carry out various sound effects using equipment and appliances commonly available in domestic environment. Suggestions to alter different sound effects are also provided within this guide encouraging the exploration of creating and improvising sounds with the tools you have available. The box acts as a pit that allows you to create sounds of footsteps by adding in common household ingredients. The starter audio narrative provides you with a starting point for the kit; it however should not limit the possibilities of endless stories that could be created with different combinations of sounds. You can even create audio loops with the environmental sounds using the audio recorder while you and your loved ones embark on this journey together. Through this journey you will find out more and start to learn new things about your companion.


CONTENTS CONTENTS \\ creatingnarratives narratives creating suggestions suggestions generalquestions questions general buildingdetails detailssample sample building structuringnarrative narrative structuring

soundcreation creation sound

environmentalsounds sounds environmental actionsounds sounds action

audiorecorder recorder audio instructions instructions


CREATING NARRATIVES \

The audio narrative provides three starter narratives which could be adopted as a basic structure for progressing the story. However to effectively add on to the story, some narrative specific details and questions are required. The next few pages provide a comprihensive guide and suggestions for you to create narratives with your loved ones.


SUGGESTIONS \ creating narratives “Yes and…” method: agree with each other’s ideas on the narrative and build on it together, avoid restructuring content. Do not worry about content, instead focus on building up the narrative together with your loved-one. Remember these are fictional worlds in which anything is possible, agree to each other’s ideas and allow a free flow of ideas and imaginations. Try asking questions on details to keep the conversation flowing. Try building on details and possibilities within each narrative. If your companion doesn’t answer the questions on the audio guide right away, give them sometime. If they seem to be struggling with what to say, you can start off with what you see and that would ease any stress they are feeling. Give them the reassurance that they are free to speak their mind and not be afraid that they will say the wrong thing. Remember there are no wrong answers. Encourage them to pick up the items and create sounds with it. Try different combinations of sounds and see what stories you both come up with. Be attentive and engage actively with your lovedone. Enjoy your time together.


GENERAL QUESTIONS \ creating narratives Below are some general questions you can incorporate during the session, depending on relevance of the narrative and topic of discussion.

What is the texture? What size or shape? What colours do you see? What time of the year do you think it is? What time of day is it? What do you think is their relation to each other? How do you feel upon hearing this sound? What do you see around? Near or far? Where do you think it came from?


BUILDING ON DETAILS \ creating narratives Below is a sample conversation that shows you how you might build on details.

Imagine the scenario of being on the beach with the sound of beach waves in the background. The audio asks “what does the sound tell you about the surrounding?” Your companion tells you that they see a blue sea. Add on to that by suggesting an object or place in the distance and end of with a question to move the conversation forward. For example, “In the distance I can see a boat with sails, what do you think the people on it are doing?”

By adding on to details, you can start to stimulate their imaginations and aid their immersion into these narratives.


STRUCTURING NARRATIVE \ creating narratives ENVIRONMENTAL SOUNDS

WHERE ARE YOU? Building the environment

ask questions & build on details

OBJECT OR MOVEMENT SOUNDS

WHAT HAPPENED? Building narrative of the object or movement sound

ask questions & build on details


SOUND CREATION \

Sound creation is an important aspect of this engagement. It helps with visualisations of imaginative environments as well as encourages a safe and enjoyable way of interacting with each other. The next few pages introduces you to a variety of ways of creating environmental sounds and action sounds. It also provides you with suggestions on changing up the sounds created and alternative ways of creating them. This section encourages you to experiment with different combinations of sounds to create a variety of narratives.


NATURE \

environmental sounds


BEACH \ nature

environmental sounds

WAVES

WIND

RICE

LARGE POT

PLACEMAT

A cup of raw rice grains

Large metal cooking pot

A plastic placemat

SWIRL

FLAP

Pour the cup of rice grains in the large pot. Lift the pot and start swirling in a circular motion.

Hold up the placemat. Flap the placemat back and forth.


WAVES

WINGS FLAPPING

SUGGESSIONS \ WAVES

Try the circular motion at a different speed. Faster for a more rapid wave and slower for gentle waves.

TEA TOWEL Fold the tea towel to a quarter

WIND Try flapping back and forth at a different speed. A faster speed for strong winds and slower speed for gentle breeze.

WINGS FLAPPING Try flapping with the cloth folded in a different size.

FLAP Hold up the fold tea towel at its corner. Flap the cloth in an up and down motion.


FOLIAGE \ nature

environmental sounds

LEAVES RUSTLING

FOOTSTEPS

CHOPPING BOARD

BOTTLE BRUSH

BOTTLE BRUSH

A plastic chopping board

Could be replaced by any stiff brush avaliable

Could be replaced by any stiff brush avaliable

ROLL Press and roll the brush against the surface of the plastic chopping board.

ROLL Press and roll the two brush heads against each other.


FOOTSTEPS

WIND

SUGGESSIONS \ FOOTSTEPS

Try with a different rhythm or pace. Faster for quicker footsteps, such as running. Slower for strolling.

PLACEMAT A plastic placemat

LEAVES RUSTLING Can be paired with wind sounds. Try at different speeds, this could be in sync with the wind. Faster for stronger wind and slower for gentle breeze.

WIND FLAP Hold up the placemat. Flap the placemat back and forth.

Try flapping back and forth at a different speed. A faster speed for strong winds and slower speed for gentle breeze.


RAIN \ nature

environmental sounds

DROPS OF RAIN

WATER

MEDIUM POT

TEA TOWEL

Water from kitchen sink

Any medium sized to contain water

Damp tea towel

DRIP Fill the medium pot with water to halfway. Soak the tea towel in the water and squeeze it such that it is damp. Squeeze the cloth above the pot. When the droplets hit the surface of the water, it makes a dripping


RAIN

CRACKLING RAIN

SUGGESSIONS \ DROPS OF RAIN Try dripping at a diffrent pace or rhythm. Faster for heavier rain and slower for lighter rain.

NEWSPAPER Crushed newspaper or aluminium foil

CRACKLING RAIN Try with differing preassure. More preassure for heavier rain.

ADDITIONAL SOUNDS CRUSH Crush the newspaper slowly.

Try adding wind with the rain sounds. Instructions to create wind sounds are on the previous page.


MAN-MADE \ environmental sounds


ELEVATOR \ man-made

environmental sounds

DOOR SLIDING OPEN

DOOR CLOSING

SPOON

OVEN TRAY

OVEN

Metal spoon with metal handle

Metal oven tray with grills

Open the door of the oven for preparation

SLIDE

SLIDE

Slide the handle of the spoon against the vertical strips of the tray.

Slide the oven tray into the oven. The sliding sound will echo and create a loud closing sound.


DOOR SLIDING

SUGGESSIONS \ DOOR SLIDING OPEN Try different sliding at different speeds. Increase speed for faster motion.

DOOR CLOSING Try different sliding at different speeds. Increase speed for faster motion.

ADDITIONAL SOUNDS Try adding the bell sound, demostarted in the action sounds section, before creating sliding sounds.


TRAIN \ man-made

environmental sounds

TRAIN MOVING

DISHWASHER

PLATES

CUTLERY

Dishwasher racks that can be moved in and out.

Ceramic plates

Metal spoons and forks

SLIDE Fill the dishwasher with plates and metallic cutlery. Slide the racks in and out. Try alternating the movement if there are two racks.


TRAIN

TRAIN STARTING

SUGGESSIONS \ TRAIN MOVING Try filling the racks with different kitchen utensils or cutlery and different amounts. More for a heavier and more metallic sound.

GLASS BOTTLE Any glass bottle with a small opening

Try moving the racks at different speeds. Slower at the start and faster as train picks up speed.

TRAIN STARTING Try to blow along the surface of the bottle at a constant speed to achieve the sound of a train horn.

BLOW Blow along the surface of the bottle opening.

Try at different angles to create horns of different tones.

ADDITIONAL SOUNDS Start with train starting sounds followed by train moving sounds.


TUNNEL \ man-made

environmental sounds

TUNNEL

HIGH-PITCH SCREECH

LARGE POT

SOUND TOOL

SMALL PLATE

Large metal cooking pot

Metal sound tool

Small ceramic plate

SLIDE Slowly slide the back of the sound tool and slide it along the interior of the pot

SLIDE Place plate facing up Slowly slide back of the sound tool along the surface of the plate


TUNNEL

SUGGESSIONS \ TUNNEL

Try moving in different directions to create alternative tunnel sounds. Directions to try: Horizontal, Vertical, Circular

HIGH-PITCH SCREECH Try different materials for the spoon. Materials to try: Wood, Plastic Try at different speed and directions. Directions to try: Horizontal, Vertical, Circular

ADDITIONAL SOUNDS Try adding constant screech sound to give a more eerie effect.


PLANE \ man-made

environmental sounds

TAKING OFF

SUGGESSIONS \ TAKING OFF Try increasing speed of fan at a different pace to alter taking off sound.

COOKER HOOD Cooker hood with different speeds

ADDITIONAL SOUNDS After increasing the speed of the fan of the cooker hood, leave the cooker hood turned on. The cooker hood should make a sustained sound. Similar to that of the white noise on planes.

TURN UP Turn the cooker hood on. Slowly increase the fan speed of the cooker hood.


MOVEMENT & OBJECT \ action sounds


WHEELS \ action sounds

ROLLING OF WHEELS

JAR CAPS

SALAD SPINNER

SPOONS

Metal jar caps

To be turned on its side

Small metal tea spoons

SPIN

SPIN

Fill the salad spinner with jar caps. Turn the salad spinner on its side. Start spinning the spinner.

Can be added into the spinner for a more metallic sound.


WHEELS

SUGGESSIONS \ ROLLING OF WHEELS The salad spinner could be replaced with a round container. One that can store small metal cutlery or items. In this case, turn the container on its side and roll it forward and backwards on a flat surface to achieve a similar sound. Try spinning with different speeds. Faster for the trolley moving at a greater speed. Try adding in other small metal cutlery such as metal tea spoons. This would give a more metallic sound.


BELL \ action sounds

BELL

MEDIUM BOWL

CHOPSTICKS

A ceramic medium bowl

Wooden chopsticks

KNOCK Knock the wooden chopstick on the side of the bowl. It should make a ‘ding’ sound.


BELL

SUGGESSIONS \ BELL Try different size ceramic bowls for different tones. Try knocking the bowl with a different cutlery. Try mixing two different tones to get a “ding-dong”


METALLIC OBJECT \ action sounds

METALLIC OBJECT

MEDIUM POT

SPOON

A medium cooking pot

Metallic tea spoon

SHAKE Place the tea spoon in the medium pot and shake it.


METALLIC OBJECT

SUGGESSIONS \ METALLIC OBJECT Try different size pot for different tones. Try with a different cutlery. Try shaking with at different speed.


HARD KNOCK \ action sounds

HARD KNOCK

MEDIUM POT

SMALL PAN

A medium cooking pot

Small metallic frying pan

KNOCK Hold up the medium pot and small pan, on the backs of the pan, knock once.


HARD KNOCK

SUGGESSIONS \ HARD KNOCK Try different size pot for different tones. Try different size pan for different tones. Try different angles of knocking the two items together.


SUBTLE KNOCK \ action sounds

SUBTLE KNOCK

MEDIUM POT

LADLE

A medium cooking pot

Plastic ladle

KNOCK Flip the pot upside down. Knock the back of the pot with the ladle.


SUBTLE KNOCK

SUGGESSIONS \ SUBTLE KNOCK Try different size pot for different tones. Try ladles or other cutlery with different materials. Try different angles of knocking the two items together.


CONSTANT SCREECH \ action sounds

CONSTANT SCREECH

WINE GLASS

WATER

To be filled with water

Water from kitchen sink

SLIDE Fill wine glass with water to half way Dip finger into the water and slide it around the edge of the glass.


CONSTANT SCREECH

SUGGESSIONS \ CONSTANT SCREECH Try with different amount of water to create different tones. Amount of water: Halfway, Quater

ADDITIONAL SOUNDS Try pairing with tunnel environment sounds to create an eerie atmosphere.


BROKEN GLASS \ action sounds

BROKEN GLASS

JAR CAPS

MEDIUM POT

SPOONS

Metal jar caps

To be turned on its side

Small metal tea spoons

KNOCK Place spoons and jar caps into the cooking pot. Lift and hit the pot lightly on a hard surface.


BROKEN GLASS

SUGGESSIONS \ BROKEN GLASS Try with a different number of cutlery. Increase in metallic cutlery and small items creates a more metallic sound. Try knocking at different speeds. The harder the knock, the louder the sound. .


LOCK \ action sounds

LOCK

SUGGESSIONS \ LOCK Try closing at different speeds.

MICROWAVE DOOR Door that has a clutch

CLICK Open the door. Close it slowly, allowing the clutch to click separately.

Try this with other doors, such as washing machine doors, to achieve a different tone or form.


TYPING \ action sounds

TYPING

SUGGESSIONS \ TYPING CLAM-SHELL TONGS Locked clam-shell tongs

Try at different speed and rhythm. Faster for quicker typing speed. Try to create the sound insync with typing on different types of devices.

ADDITIONAL SOUNDS Add the shuffling of papers or newspapers for an office environment.

CLAP Lock the tongs.Press the two sides together and release. Repeat the motion with consistent timing.


FOOTSTEPS \ action sounds

WALKING ON SAND

SUGGESSIONS \ WALKING ON SAND FOLEY BOX Wooden kit box

Try with different ingredients in the box to create different forms of footsteps. Materials: aluminium foil, cling wrap. Faster for a quicker pace. For footsteps it is essential to create a consistent rhythm.

SLIDE Open the kit box, pour rice into the box on both sides. slide your hands or fingers on the rice.


AUDIO RECORDER \

The audio recorder provides an easy way of playingback environmental sounds created to increase immersion into the journey. The following pages provides a guide on the functions of the recorder and instructions on how to use it.


HOW TO GUIDE \

audio recorder


FUNCTIONS \ audio recorder

SPEAKER

BATTERY


MICROPHONE

PLAYBACK LOOP

RECORD

VOLUME CONTROL

ON/OFF SWITCH

INSTRUCTIONS \ ON/OFF SWITCH Flip the switch to the left to turn on.

VOLUME CONTROL Turn knob towards the right to increase volume.

RECORD Press and hold to record. Release to end recording.

PLAYBACK LOOP Press down once to start loop. Press down again to stop loop.


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designed by evanne kok

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