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Below is a letter from Bman on theme camps. I will try to forward them to camp mates via E-mail, but will also try to post them here as they come.
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From: Harley K. Dubois
Subject: [themecamps-announce] TC Annc #8,

'04 /Trampolines/Sound/ Structures/Material Culture

Dear Campers,

We are well into the mapping process and things are looking great! For those of you that are still trying to send us updates or new maps, the time has long past. We are working with what you gave us and you will need to make any adjustments on your side now. About thirteen camps were not mapped because they did not have a map and clean up plan, where not interactive or wanted placement out of our reserved area. You have all been notified by now. For the rest, we will have your placement information available for you about August 1st. Hang on until then. Emails and calls will only slow our process down.



Are you bringing one out? When trampolines are not monitored they can lead to accidents that could cause injury and liability. Please monitor your trampolines whenever they are available to the to use.
Please make them unaccessible when you are not able to monitor them.



The playa is a natural amplifier and it doesn't take much to produce a large amount of sound. Bass travels multi-directionally and cannot be absolutely contained with any structures. This gives sound as an art form an unfair advantage over other art forms. Burning Man is dedicated to radical self-expression, but it is also dedicated to creating community. We all must find a way to get along with our neighbors. 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 must work with them to find an acceptable volume. You will need to check in with those that you are camped near to find out what other events are planned and work with them to create a schedule. With these actions you should be able to handle all of your own sound issues. If everyone works together there will be no need for Black Rock Rangers to monitor sound.

Sound Policy The following four rules make up our basic sound policy:

1. Neighbors should talk to one another when sound becomes problem and try to resolve the issue through direct communication.

2. Large-scale sound installations MUST be located along streets Rational 2:00 and Sacred 10:00. They may express themselves at unlimited volume unless the community complains.

3. A maximum power amplification of 300 watts is permitted behind this Large Scale Sound Art Zone in greater Black Rock City.

4. Any concerns about sound will become a concern of the Black Rock Rangers if a complaint is made within a few hours of the conflict. Concerns about excessive sound can result in:

a) volume check and mediation between camps, b) volume check and a final warning on complaints, c) disabling of equipment.

(NOTE: Rangers will not take action on issues of taste.)


All large scale sound art systems will be located along streets Rational 2:00 and Sacred 10:00 (the two outermost edges of our city). Like all theme camps, these camps will be encouraged to be as creative and interactive as possible. The primary rule is that all speakers MUST be turned away from greater Black Rock City toward the open playa at all times.

Placing a large vehicle directly behind speakers does WONDERS to keep sound from moving back into Black Rock City proper. If you drive a large truck to the event it must be placed behind the sound system. Elevating the speakers off the ground is also highly recommended

All sound regulations apply to mutant vehicles driving through our city and on the open playa. Please watch your volumes as you!


Structures Large structures need to be secured properly. All designs are strongly advised to include safety provisions. For more on this, please check out:

Remember, any structure that could hold many people should be monitored to make sure that weight loads are not exceeded. They should also be built with separate entrances and exits. Anything over 15 feet high and anything made of scaffolding should be carefully considered for safety. It is always helpful to get a structural engineer to look over your design before arriving on the playa.

Towers are great for climbing and will attracted great interest. You should be prepared to monitor your towers and make them unaccessible when you can not.




Our collection of playa gifts or artifacts is growing, and we are always looking for new items. Buttons, stickers, mugs, patches, pendants - we want it all! We preserve it and document it as part of our material history.

To add your items to our archives, please download and fill out our Playa Artifacts PDF form here:

Then: On the Playa, bring the form and two (if possible) of your Playa Artifacts in a zip-loc bag, to the Artery in Center Camp.

Off the Playa, mail this form and your Playa Artifacts to:

Material Culture c/o Burning Man
P.O. Box 884688
SF, CA 94188-4688

We are developing an online gallery of playa artifacts where you'll be able to contribute photos of your gifts in much the same way as our Image Gallery. Stay tuned for an announcement of its launch this fall.


Don't forget to get your WhatWhereWhen submissions in. The deadline is coming up. Also, don't forget to register your Mutant Vehicles.

More soon!


Harley K. DuBois
Black Rock City LLC
Community Services and Playa Safety