Anybody in Vancouver get the hockey riots on tape? I'd love to hear my country's self respect flushing itself down the toilet.
I'm glad I wasn't downtown recording the mess that went on. Yes I had that urge to be capturing those sounds. But if I was I would have been one more person being part of the problem. People had gone down there with the express intent to riot and cause damage. Lots of them where encouraged by everyone documenting their idiocy. Being someone who lives in the city it's hard to separate the stupidity of what just went on with the possible sounds that may have happened during it.
Honestly, with all this sound, who has time for watching Hockey? Or participating in riots. Or a good night's sleep...
I have absolutely no interest in Hockey or any sport. I've only lived in Vancouver a year but seeing the images of the fights and burning cars and smashed windows was sickening, I actually felt ill, and very sad. The riot may have happened no matter what the outcome of the game was.
I'm sure someone had their audio gear ready, I wouldn't have risked it personally. Some of the media was attacked and cameras were destroyed.
I've started reaching out to a few of the people that posted videos on vimeo. watching that stuff is both incredibly sad and a little overwhelming.
I imagine that if I was in Vancouver at the time I'd probably be crazy enough to try to run out there and catch some sounds (don't tell my wife), but it seems like there were more than a couple of people out there with dslr rigs and probably at least an H4 to record with.
there are certain things that you really just can't fake. the crowds yelling and chanting, the "ooohhh" reaction that goes up when something explodes, the laughing and crying and fighting and cursing.
Crazy times friends.