I had a blast yesterday traveling to Burgaw, NC to record sounds at the Old Pender County Jail. The Jail is listed in the National Register of Historic Places: Burgaw Historic District. It was built in 1924 and operated as the jail house until 1979. Thanks to a friend I was able to get in touch with the town manager James Gantt. James along with Louis Hesse (who is the town building inspector with knowledge of how to use the various levers to open the jail doors) took me over and I was able to record some fabulous sound effects. The concrete floors and all the steel helped to make it a very reverbant space and the end product makes the doors closing sound bigger than life. Louis shared with me that years ago when the jail was in operation, some of the town teenage boys would sneak in and throw fire crackers in to scare the prisoners. I can only imagine how surprising and scary that must have been! Some of these sounds, including the sample below will be available for purchase on AudioJungle. To learn a little more about the Jail, check out this video from local TV WECT.
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