Soundscape – Pomona-Pitzer vs. CMS Basketball Game


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Location – Rains Center at Pomona College


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It was the Pomona-Pitzer vs. CMS Mens’ Basketball game. The stands were full of fans. One side of the room had all the college students cheering for their team, and the other side had mostly parents, teachers, some students, and children. The men were playing on the court, the basketball pounding on the floor, and reps blowing their whistles and making calls. When a basket was scored or the ref made a favorable call, the crowds went wild. I stood near the western entrance to the gym inside the building. For part of the time, I held the recording device in my hands while watching the game. Later on, I sat on the bleachers and set up the microphone right by me on the bleacher level in front of me.

Keynotes: various voices, shoes against the floor

Soundmarks: heightened cheers, applause

Signals: whistles, announcer, chanting

Archytypes: cheers