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Summerisle’s sound policy is changing this year!

TL;DR – New sound policy for 2024 at the bottom of the page.

 

It’s no secret that folx took issue with our sound policy this year. This policy was initially established for us by the landowners in our venue contract when we first arrived at the property in 2019 and it has been the same policy ever since. We have since gotten the landowners to agree to let us craft our own sound policy. We decided to do so based on feedback from our attendees, so we distributed a survey for attendees of Summerisle to get their opinions on the sound policy and ask for their input on the changes that need to be made to it.

On the survey, we received input that ranged from “Music is art and we should be able to express it as we please.” to “Sure, your sound is your art but I can close my eyes and not look at a sculpture. Uber sub wub wub travels far and penetrates ear plugs.” These were both real responses we received and, from where we stand, both points of views are valid ones. In total, 65% of responses said that they were fine with the way the sound policy is in its present form and saw no need to change it. However, we recognize that sound camps are an integral part of the burn that like to go late into the night, so below is a sound policy that we hope addresses the needs of all Summerislanders.

 

You can read the survey results here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1qIfBGJheZAAaTG7s527uRHfPNWDDtvoBHzaVKmw4-zg/edit?usp=sharing 

 

Former sound policy:

Maximum volume during the day 90dB at 100 ft. from source, at midnight turn down to 70dB at 100 ft. from source. Speakers aimed in a North/Northwest orientation at all times. No amplified sound after midnight from individuals or camps not registered as a sound camp. Turn down or off at 7pm on burn night for effigy. No unattended amplified sound at any time.

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New sound policy:

Key to our new sound policy is a recognition that decibels are only one way of quantifying how humans experience sound. Fundamentally, sound is about how people experience it. We will use the decibel numbers as one guideline for enforcement of the sound policy, but we will also take into the consideration the needs of the community at large. On that note, subwoofers are of particular concern in that they can be felt by people at great distances. We expect that all camps playing amplified sound at any time will consult and cooperate with their neighbors, and take their concerns seriously when adjusting their sound during the event.

In Oontzylvania and The Crawl at camps that are registered as Sound Camps:

  • On Effigy Burn Night (Saturday) amplified sound and subwoofers will be allowed until 3:00am. At that time, subwoofers will need to be cut off, but music can continue on at a level near the crossroads of party and peaceful.
  • On all other nights, amplified sound and subwoofers will be allowed until 2:00am. At that time, subwoofers will need to be cut off, but music can continue on at a level near the crossroads of party and peaceful.

 

In all other areas of the event at all other theme camps:

  • All amplified sound and subs will be permitted until sound cut OFF at midnight. After midnight, any sound will be permitted noise contained within camp, with only negligible noise evident at the boundaries of the camp.
  • This excludes Sanctuary and any official “Quiet Open Camping” areas.

 

Music can start at 10 a.m. each day. Speakers must be aimed in a North/Northwest orientation at all times. No amplified sound after midnight from individuals or camps not registered as a sound camp. Turn very down (or off) on Burn Night (Saturday) for Effigy Burn and on Temple Night (Sunday) for Temple Burn. No unattended amplified sound at any time.

If we receive valid concerns or complaints about sound, we will take them seriously and act, but we also expect the community to work together in both expectations and actions.

 

 

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