Funfair Ambience Sound Effects
At the end of summer every year, the Canadian National Exhibition visits Toronto. This carnival fair signals the end of summer for Torontonians.
Home to such venerable attractions as the human cannonball, strong man show, air show and midway, the CNE also features B-list concerts, slippery home show salesmen and the show-stopping donut bacon cheeseburger (1,550 calories).
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I make a point to visit each year before the carnival packs up and disappears with the vestiges of summer.
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I enjoy wandering the vast fairgrounds amongst the crowd, playing the odd game of chance and seeing the fair light up as dusk settles.
The CNE has a buzz to it. What creates this buzz? I’ve tried putting my finger on it. Unlike amusement parks, the CNE lasts only a few weeks. Maybe this impermanence contributes to it. The throngs, events, rides and games create an expressive atmosphere.
As readers of this blog know, I seek out evocative sound effects for my library at airbornesound.com. Carnivals are stuffed with unique and distinctive sounds. The crowds are excited, diverse and lively. Barkers entice with characteristic flair. Both the games and rides have unusual voices.
My goal was to capture the vividness of the fair with field recordings. The environment was rich. How hard could it be?
I quickly discovered how tricky it was recording evocative fairground ambiences in such a complex environment.