OF THE PEOPLE OF FUNIMATION, Evan O'Connor Jones ('95) had a completely
different career in mind before joining the company. He wanted to
be a ballet dancer.
mixes the audio for the Dragon Ball series.
went to UNT to study music and ballet," he says. "But
my current job seems to require just as much balance and timing."
audio mixing to cheaply do it for his rock band, but when people
realized what he could do, audio mixing became profitable.
would ask me to come and record high school choirs and UNT recitals,"
he says. "Business was so good, I quit my day job."
supervised the sound for bands playing at the Groovy Mule and Dan's
Bar in Denton, which attracted the attention of people at FUNimation.
thought it'd be a great part-time job, but I definitely wasn't looking
for a full-time job," says Jones, who's now been a full-time
employee at FUNimation for a year and a half, mixing voices and
sound effects and occasionally creating his own sounds.
One of Jones'
favorite memories is from Frieza's return in the Trunks series of
Dragon Ball Z. Frieza, a major villain in the series, is
defeated by Goku and believed dead. But he returns to earth as a
cyborg, his most outstanding feature being a robotic tail.
just didn't seem to have the right sound for that tail," Jones
says. "I remember searching through closets looking for a power
drill and then going to Chris Sabat he just said, 'Do anything
you can to make it better.'"
remember pulling sounds from everywhere, including the P.A. system
at Fouts Field, for a fighting tournament scene in the series.
don't always get the time to come up with things, but it's fun making
things as real as possible," he says. "I feel like I've
really got to do a good job creating the environment for Goku's
epic battles with the bad guys."
It's a responsibility
Jones says he never would have imagined being so thrilled about.