Auctioneer Sound Effects
I’ve written before that my favourite sound effects are field recordings of other cultures and places.
Usually I’ve recorded these in dense, cosmopolitan cities. Why? When you’re on a deadline it’s the most efficient way to capture a diverse selection of rich sound effects.
But of course not all culture is urban.
This was part of the reason that I found myself in New Hamburg, Ontario last month.
New Hamburg is a township of 8,000 people an hour and half west of Toronto. I was comfortable recording people and cultures in cities. I wanted to see if I could capture life via sound effects in a rural community too.
I had been given a tip. Every spring New Hamburg hosts the Mennonite Relief Sale. This weekend-long event raises money for relief and service projects worldwide. Although tucked away in unassuming middle-Ontario, it was known to draw flocks of distributors nationwide for one reason: the quilt auction.
Mennonites are a Protestant community. You’ve likely seen the (largely inaccurate) stereotype: simple dress and horses and buggies. I knew nothing about their religion or practice.
So, I jumped at the opportunity to learn about a different way of life and also to record one of my favourite sound effects: auctioneers.