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Morning Briefing: The Sounds Of The World Series

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The usual number of die-hard fans aren’t packing Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas for this year’s World Series between the L.A. Dodgers and the Tampa Bay Rays. Instead, the arena is at about one-quarter capacity, with a meager 11,000 attendees each night.

But if that’s the case, where are all those crowd noises coming from? Well, we have local sound designer Fred Vogler to thank for them. Normally the principal sound designer for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Vogler has lent his skills to the MLB games this season.

Vogler told my colleague A Martínez that adding in realistic-sounding crowd reactions not only makes the games more fun to watch, but it has an effect on the players, too:

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"To see the [players do the] happy dance, the fist pumping thing — that kind of thing — was really the kind of excitement that we wanted to provide ... I think Justin [Turner] even said something about adrenaline. It brought a little more significance to the at-bats and some of the things being done."

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Jessica P. Ogilvie

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