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Sound policies at Burns often seem to be all about limits and 'what nots'. But of course it is really about maintaining good relations between those who like it loud and those who don't (at certain hours of day at least). It's also about managing sound conflicts between sound camps, and most importantly for the event organisers, managing sound impacts on people outside the event location.
Burns have more complex sound management requirements than one day music events. A Burn event occurs over multiple days with people sleeping on site, often in close proximity to Camps where sound is generated. To some extent the advice given to participants at Burns is to bring earplugs or noise cancelling headphones and to expect sound generation to continue very late. Burns also often involve multiple simultaneous sound performances in structures that are not acoustically isolating. In that case placement of Camps and speakers may need to be regulated in order to avoid cross-over effects or impacts on areas outside the event.
Some Burns create zones based on sound, within the Camping areas and the Theme Camp areas. These are usually controlled in the sense of dB allowed, and times allowed. Some Burns have specific times where all sound is muted, such as the early morning, or around the time of the Temple Burn.
Regulation of sound also requires monitoring of sound using appropriate technology. Using dB meters avoids questions of subjectivity but the utility of this equipment may depend on the operators being trained and having those people given appropriate powers and guidelines. Creating a culture where sound camps monitor themselves is preferable to having an large force of sound monitors or rangers, but the event organisation will always have to hold ultimate authority in regard to sound management.
Management of Sound Camps may also be an issue in that the roster of performers in Sound Camps can be very large and in many cases the performers (and DJ's in particular) have control of the sound equipment. In some Camps the roster includes general event participants taking control of the sound generation. In these cases the people generating the volume might not be aware of the sound rules, or care about the consequences of breaching the sound rules. Sound Camp managers then would be required to have oversight of performances and sound generation for periods up to 18 or even 24 hours a day - over several days.
Sound camps fill a special place at burns, but with that fun comes responsibility. In case of emergency, theme camps may be asked to assist with emergency broadcasting. Camp Leads must ensure their camp follows these rules, which may become stricter, at the Board’s discretion, during the event. • 6am to noon: quiet hours, no amplified sound • Noon to 6am: all sound must be under 85 decibels 50 feet from the source. Roving Sound Marshals will monitor sound levels. Be respectful and follow their instructions. A three-strike rule will be in effect. Survival Guide 2019
All camps with amplified sound (larger than a Bluetooth speaker) must register with the event during theme camp registration.
We are strong supporters of Civic Responsibility and want to be good temporary residents of the community we are visiting. We have worked hard with our neighbours to come up with clear rules about the level of sound during certain hours of the event and we ask that you help us to keep our impact on the surrounding area to a minimum. While these are the rules we are laying out, you may be asked to turn sound down or off at any time by our Sound Team. This is not to ruin the fun, but will be to preserve our relationship with our neighbours and ensure the ability for Hyperborea to continue in future years. We don’t enjoy asking you to turn it down either, so please work with us if we ask.
Quiet Hours: Hyperborea begins Thursday at noon and lasts until Monday at noon.
All subwoofers must be turned off between the hours of:
11 pm and 10 am on Thursday and Sunday 2 am and 10 am on Friday and Saturday. The goal of these quiet hours is “sound systems equivalent to a personal Bluetooth type speaker”. In order to enforce this in a measurable manner, this means all sound equipment must be kept below 80dBC at 10 meters during quiet hours.
At all other times, not specified in this policy, amplified sound must be kept below 100 dBC at 10 meters.
Sound Rules for Each Day of the Event: Amplified sound is not permitted before the event starts or after the event ends.
Tuesday and Wednesday (early arrival) & Monday afternoon No amplified sound Systems are off. No Exceptions Thursday Starting at 12 pm, sound systems on at an 80dBC at 10 meters and subs can be turned on. At 11 pm l sound systems can be at or below 80dBC at 10 meters and all subs must be turned off. Friday & Saturday Subs back on at 10 am. At 2 am all sound systems can be at or below 80dBC at 10 meters and subs off. Sunday Subs back on at 10am. At 11 pm all sound systems can be at or below 80dBC at 10 meters and all subs off. Monday No amplified sound after 12 pm Systems are off. No Exceptions Permits and Enforcement: All camps with amplified sound (larger than a Bluetooth speaker) must register with the event during theme camp registration. All sound systems will be issued a permit.
We will have volunteers with dB meters monitoring sound levels and responding to complaints; infractions of this policy will be marked on the sound system’s permit.
Infractions may result in a temporary shutdown of a sound system, and multiple infractions will result in a sound system being permanently turned off for the remainder of the event.
Regardless of sound levels, Hyperborea Sound Team requests to turn a system down or off are final and may be due to any number of factors. Our primary concern is ensuring the ongoing ability for the event to operate and that may mean no sound systems. Please work with us if we request something, regardless of what devices or level of experience you may have.
External Sound Complaints: In order to be fair to everyone, all camps may need to turn down or possibly cease amplified music until further notice.
Depending on the severity of the complain, this could last for the evening or the rest of the event. Ideally, we do not want to get their attention in the first place.
We really need to avoid this happening, sound complaints are the most likely incident to prevent our event from happening again.
Monitor Your Sound Volume: Other events have found the sound monitoring app, SPLnFFT Noise Meter (for iOS) to be extremely accurate. To keep infractions minimized, we highly recommend you use this app or a proper decibel reader to manage your own sound. If your sound meter has an option for a weighting, use “C weighting” as this will most accurately account for the bass on your system and is what we will be using to monitor your system.
These rules are subject to change depending on site conditions.
If anything major changes, we will be sending the updates out to registered Theme Camps only and through the appropriate channels. Check this page often.
Please ask the Sound Team if you have any questions!
email: email@example.com Sound Policy
Sound and music will be a big part of Resonance. You’ll get the chance to hear all kinds of different music and ambient sounds, all day and all night. There will be drummers and drumming groups at Resonance. Bring your own drum and join in – you don’t have to be a pro.
Got a boombox? No problem. Play that funky music. If you are really close to other campsites you should check to see that your volume is reasonable next door. While the property may be very secluded, be mindful that we are not immune to noise complaints. If Reso Rangers or Sound Marshalls request you turn down your music, please do so immediately.
If you do not coordinate your sound camp setup with the event planners and show up at the front gate with an amplified system in tow, you will not be allowed to use it. You can enter and not use it, or leave without refund. Resonance does not “book” musical acts – no one is paid, no one gets a comp ticket. Everyone attending Resonance is a participant, donating their time, equipment and talent for the enjoyment of all.
There is no flyering or promoting at Resonance. You’re welcome to talk to people about your events as you meet them but get their e-mail and send them information later. You may give out free CDs of your music with your e-mail address as a gifts though. The emphasis is on making friends, not building a consumer base.
Sound We all love sound camps and we all love dancing until the wee hours of the morning!
But there are a few rules Sound Camps need to abide by.
There will be Sound Marshalls taking decibel reading through out the weekend. Here are the acceptable levels.
10 AM to Midnight – 110dB
Midnight to 3:00 AM – 100dB
3 AM – 10:00 AM – 85dB
If asked by a Board Member, Sound Marshall or Ranger to turn down the music at your camp, you must do so immediately.
You will be given two warning to turn down your sound without consequence.
If your camp has to be approached a third time, your sound camp will be shut down until the next day at 8 PM.
If your camp gets shut down for breaking sound limits repeatedly, you sound will be shut down for the remainder of the event. See - Survival Guide