Any placed camps or groups that bring unannounced sound to the Event without PRIOR approval will not be allowed to play sound.
Why We Have To Carefully Manage Sound
Sound at YOUtopia is collectively managed by the Sound Stewards (aka YOUtopia Sound Leads), the Content Hub team (Art and City Planning), and a community group open to the public called the Stewards of the Soundscape.
The campground and its various levels, curves, and canyons are a natural amplifier. It doesn’t take much to produce a large amount of sound. Bass travels multi-directionally and cannot be effectively contained with any structures. This means that “sound” as an art form can easily become obtrusive and limit other art forms.
YOUtopia is dedicated to radical self-expression, but it is also dedicated to creating community. This means we all must find a way to get along with our neighbors. This also includes our host neighbors in the surrounding La Jolla Indian Reservation. Our past history has led us to this point where we MUST provide guidelines on amplification of sound during the Event.
Basic Sound Policy
No amplified sound can leave the immediate vicinity of any camp unless it is an approved Sound Camp.
Quiet hours are from 2:00 am - 10:00 am. During this time all sound must be turned off unless you are an approved Sound Camp.
What is a Sound Camp?
All YOUtopia camps bringing amplified sound intended 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.
What does this mean?
We want YOUtopia participants to be free to express themselves musically or otherwise as much as possible. However too much sound can easily become a major issue because it travels so far around the mountain.
We also don’t want to burden every participant who wants to share some kind of sound art with additional applications and complex rules.
Basically, as long as you keep what you’re doing at a sound level that doesn’t disturb your neighbors, other participants, or other camps…then feel free to do what you want. Jam away on that guitar, listen to guilty pleasures like Britney Spears, or thrash with Babymetal!
Be respectful of your neighbors and the other participants.
Sound Out Of Place (SOOP)
Imagine yourself listening to the most serene and beautiful sunrise set you’ve ever heard when suddenly someone turns on a chainsaw and starts to carve wood.
The soundscape is like a canvas that artists are painting on with music. It is a limited resource and one that we all need to share. We encourage all participants to consider that any sound they are creating may easily travel much farther and more loudly than they realize.
We all have a shared responsibility to deal with SOOP…just as we also share a responsibility for MOOP (Matter Out Of Place).
The more that we are able to respect the soundscape the more amazing opportunities artists (including you) will have to play in it.
Be a Good Neighbor Sound Policy
The best way to resolve disputes is to just go talk to your neighbors.
If you believe your neighbor’s sound is too loud and you are not able to effectively negotiate a solution, you may report this to any YOUtopia staff member, the Sound Steward and/or the Content Hub team.
When submitting a complaint, it should contain:
- The exact source of the sound, camp name or contact person.
- The approximate time and duration of the disturbance.
Please report problems when they happen, or as soon as possible, with enough detail for the Sound Steward to effectively find a solution. We will not take action on issues of taste.
As a community, we need to work together to keep sound at desirable levels. This means that everyone involved is personally responsible for how they affect everyone else’s experience. If your neighbor believes your sound is too loud, you should work with them to find an acceptable volume.
If everyone works together, we can all enjoy a more cohesive sound experience. You are responsible for making sure that your entire camp, and any guest performers, are aware of and in compliance with this policy.
Like “they” say, it takes a village. Communal effort goes a long way to help make everyone’s experience, including your own, the best YOUtopia experience it can be!
Consequences of breaking sound guidelines
Any complaints about excessive sound and sound outside of established volume levels/times per area will become the concern of the Sound Steward, Content Hub team, and if persistent, the Event Producers. Concerns about excessive sound can result in:
- Volume check and mediation between camps.
- Volume check and a final warning on complaints.
- Loss of use of power (private or municipal).
- Removal of camp from the Event by the Event Producers and suspension of placement for YOUtopia for the following year.