I am doing a sound design for a play and I wonder how to simulate the sound of hundreds of fists being raised in the air. Imagine a huge crowd of people raising their fists in a certain rhythm during a political event or a demonstration. My idea is to record multiple slicing sounds, like swinging some sticks through the air, but I guess it needs more body to it. I wonder what itmes I should use to achive this and what extra sounds I should add?
Raising your fist in the air doesn't actually make a sound, except for the slight rustle of a sleeve. Maybe consider that they all vocalise &/or make a corresponding foot stomp, then your 'swoosh' noises could be buried in that for some added hyper-realism.
If you can get all the cast [& crew] on stage at rehearsal, perhaps you could wild track a few takes of them doing that, then composite them into a larger version.