This work is divided into 15 themed tracks. Listen to a sampler track containing a 30 second clip from each track, or listen to each of the sampler's clips individually. Download the entire piece when you are ready. There is a track guide to help you identify sounds within each track. If your audio player supports "Lyrics", you will find a subset of the track guide as lyrics.
This is a gift to the Burning Man community, not a commercial product, so it is free. The liberal copyright encourages wide spread copying, distribution, and presentation of this work. If you are motivated to support the audio artist, please feel free to donate to this cause. Reciprocal gifting of other types of media from you would be fun, too.
Thanks you for being part of the Burning Man community. You all mean a great deal to me. Let me know what you think or if I can include links to other Burning Man audio related projects.
After you have downloaded the entire work, find a quiet room in which you can spend an hour, don some headphones, close your eyes, and be prepared to be transported back to Burning Man by way of the magic of sound and your own memories.
Click on a link in the table below to hear a 30 second sample from that track. Alternatively, you can hear the entire collection of track samples merged together. Please keep in mind:
Track SamplerHere you can access the entire collection of track samples merged together (7 minutes listening time). The merged samples are of a slightly higher audio quality than the individual samples, but not as good as the full tracks. Please observe the listening tips described in the previous section. You may:
The Sounds of Burning Man can be enjoyed by simply listening to it. However, a detailed guide to the contents of each track can add depth to your listening experience. And there are informative links within the guide, as well. There are instructions within this page about how to use it to print a CD insert for a The Sounds of Burning Man audio CD, should you decide to burn one!
There is also an non-interactive track description embedded within the Lyrics of each track. If your audio player supports showing lyrics, check it out during playback of the downloaded full tracks!
While I retain the copyright to this work, I grant permission to copy, reproduce, distribute, and present this work without gaining written permission from me. Iíve even provided a CD label to print and apply to any CD that you burn of this work! The only restrictions are:
And for the record, I have a strong claim of fair use for the sounds associated with this work; its a technical copyright thing ;-)
Most of the Burners who have listened to this work have thoroughly enjoyed it, even those who didn't attend the 2003 Burn. Check out what others think about The Sounds of Burning Man.
Here is where you can download the entire high fidelity The Sounds of Burning Man work. The file that you download is a package that contains the 15 tracks, plus a few other non-audio files. It is a big download. If you are on a slow or dialup phone line connection, please read this information about making sure that your computer's connection will stay up during the entire time of the download. If you don't, you are asking for a great deal of frustration. Please, please, please read it!
Assuming that you have followed my warning and are confident that your connection will stay up for the duration of the download, we can proceed:
You are probably used to just popping in a music CD and listening to music in your car, on your home stereo, on your portable listening device, or sitting at your computer. Well, listening to field recorded sound requires, at the very least, a quiet listening environment. If you listen to it in your car while driving, the road noise will likely combine with the background noise on the CD to create too much noise to pick out the juicy dialog. If you listen to it where it is noisy (at home babysitting the kids, in a cafť, while exercising, at you cubicle at the office next to the photocopier, or where ever), the same will happen. So, make sure it is quiet or use good headphones to block outside noise. And make sure that the volume is turned up and not on mute!
About the Project
Dismayed at what I considered the under representation of audio media used to portray Burning Man, I started thinking about what I would like to hear in an audio CD length format that would transport me back to the Burn long after leaving the Playa. This was the genesis of the project. I sought and received permission from the Burning Man organization to pursue this effort. You can read more about the project.
Part of the fun of giving gifts is sometimes getting gifts in return. Not being on the playa, it makes it hard for you to gift me back. None-the-less, contact me if you have something you would like me to have. Also, Iíll update this web site with my 2004 Playa Plans in mid August if you would like to contact me at the next Burn.
The most direct gift possible is money. So if you have a credit card (you don't need a Paypal account) or Paypal account, Iíve made it easy for you to show your support for me and this type of work. Keep in mind, any payment can in no way be interpreted as payment for the gift of The Sounds of Burning Man. Your support for me as an artist/audio documentary producer is completely separate. Click here to donate. And thank you for any support; producing and hosting audio media for download to thousands of people is not cheap.