Bringing Sound to Engulf?

Hey team, if you’re bringing any kind of sound please read this. If you have sound louder than a boom box, you will have to sign this waiver at gate. Thanks!



Amplified sound is an integral part of Engulf as it is any Burn, and Engulf highly encourages and appreciates artistic expression through the medium of s o o u u n n d d!

All Engulf Theme Camps bringing amplified sound intending to create an environment for gathering to dance, relax, or otherwise participate where music is the primary form of artistic expression are considered to be Sound Camps, regardless of the size, wattage, or volume of their system.

All Sound Camps, regardless of their power source, must agree to abide by the sound policy in order to gain placement at Engulf events.

Sound levels and Enforcement:

The purpose of setting maximum sound levels is to ensure that your neighbors inside the event are happy and that the neighbors outside the event are happy so your sound camp can continue having sound for the next year.

  1. Upon arriving at Engulf, report the sound equipment you have with you at the Gate, even if it’s just a boom-box.
  • Level 1 (Quiet): Normal car stereo / average living room (under 90 dB at a distance of 30 feet from the speaker). No camps or art that produce amplified sound louder than above can be placed in the quiet areas. These camps can’t be heard outside of their camps. The system would consist of a few small powered speakers. No subwoofers or DJ monitors are in this category. If the sound can be heard outside your camp there will be a need to regulate it. This category includes art projects for placement purposes. The open camping (pine forest) will have no amplified sound louder than a boom box and none after 10pm. No generators can run after 10pm.
  • Level 2 (Loud): Dance club or theatre (90 dB and up at a distance of less than 100 feet). Any sound camp consisting of one or two DJ monitors rated at 300watts or less. Generators and sound can go 24 hours. Please be aware of your neighbors and during times late at night or early in the morning, be mindful to your sound being enjoyed as opposed to just on and running. The Sound Squad (Rangers, LLC, and Sound Team Volunteers) may ask you to turn your volume down, or completely off. Honor these requests.
  • Level 3 (Loudest): Large dance club, arena, or stadium (100+ dB at a distance of 100+ feet). Generators and sound can go 24 hours. The Sound Squad (Rangers, Organizers, and Sound Team Volunteers) may ask you to turn your volume down, or completely off. Honor these requests.

**** The dB levels here are intended as guidelines. What is important is the impact your sound has on your surroundings. ****

Engulf respects the needs and regulations of the local communities surrounding our event. Some of your music may travel beyond our perimeter and into these communities. Basic sound rules have been listed, but please note that they may be subject to change before or during the event. Excessive sound is the single most likely reason that law enforcement officers will visit Engulf.

The Sound Squad will be monitoring and working with sound camps throughout the event. Failure to comply with their or LLC requests will be grounds for removal. If the police arrive with noise complaints, they may be directed toward camps that are violating sound policies.

In the event of any disagreement or dispute over sound, neighbors should talk to one another when the sound becomes a problem and try to resolve the issue through direct communication before involving a Ranger, LLC member, or volunteer. Discuss and listen. Express your concerns. Be respectful.

***Bring ear plugs. Burns can be LOUD. Be prepared to accommodate the community’s need for sound with your personal needs for rest or quiet. ***

In the event of an emergency or evacuation, we will need you to help us notify participants that an emergency has arisen and broadcast the instructions of the emergency team. For this reason, medium to large sound camps must bring a working microphone to make emergency announcements and all sound camps must comply with requests from the LLC for disseminating information through their sound systems.


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