The DMV has developed a basic sound policy to help Mutant Vehicles owners use their sound to the best benefit of the community. There will also be additional questions regarding sound upon registration of your Mutant Vehicle.
~ A maximum power amplification of 300 watts is permitted, producing sound amplification not to exceed 70 decibels, when measured at 20 feet from the source.
~ Point your speakers inward and downward so your sound is directed on those on your vehicle and minimizing how far the sound travels.
~ All sound should be turned down as you pass the permanent residents on your way to the effigy site.
~ Bass travels… therefore all sub-woofers are to be turned off during these hours:
● Thursday March 17 – off at 10:00pm and can be turned back on at 10:00 am on Friday March 18th.
● Friday March 18 – off at 10:00pm and can be turned back on at 10:00 am on Saturday March 19th.
● Saturday March 19th – off at 10:00 pm and can be turned back on at 10:00 am on Sunday March 20th.
You must be off premise by 2pm on Sunday March 20th.
The vehicle owner (registrant) is responsible for all aspects of the vehicle, including the use of sound systems. Rogue DJs are not an excuse for your vehicle getting complaints.
Mutant vehicle sound systems can be classified into three levels.
● Level 1: Normal car stereo / average living room (under 90 db at 30 ft)
● Level 2: Dance Club or Theatre (90db and up at under 100ft)
● Level 3: Large Dance Club, Arena, Stadium (100db or more at 100ft or more)
~ Vehicles with Level 1 & Level 2 systems may not play at high volume at Bequinox. These vehicles will be held under the same sound policy as a sound camp not to exceed 70 decibels, when measured at 20 feet from the source and must be mindful of your volume and surroundings, especially in quieter areas in the city or later at night and turn it down when appropriate.
~ Vehicles with Level 3 systems are not permitted at Bequinox.
Decibel levels are indicated as a guideline, since the event is being held on private property sound levels may have to be adjusted on the fly… likely downward… to be considerate of neighbors, the surrounding community and other theme camps. The Sound Squad and Rangers will be using a professional dB meter for accuracy and will be enforcing that meter reading (over the smart phone app reading).
Concerns about excessive sound can result in:
a) Volume check and mediation.
b) Volume check and a final warning on complaints.
c) The disabling of sound equipment entirely and you may lose your right to drive it for the rest of the event.
d) Failure to comply with volume requests will be grounds for removal from the event.
BEquinox 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 all of our neighbors. If your neighbor believes your sound is too loud, you must work with them to find an acceptable volume. Please protect the safety and success of BEquinox by complying with all sound restrictions.