Hi all. OP here. I feel pretty different about the whole situation 3 years later. I'm getting a kick outta reading all the replies. i think it's right that i was exercising my control freak to try and get 50,000 to be on the same page about how to experience the burning of the temple. This whole reaction was built on my first temple burn experience (2008?) which was mostly silent, with some people yelling out names etc, some giddy laughter, by no means "silence"... but no thumping bass throughout. I held onto this and created an expectation for a similar experience in the following years which of course never happened. Bad move to have expectations coming into burning man, as things are always of course evolving and changing. and i think it was ignorant of me to assume it was virgin burners.
i agree with some of the replies pointing out that it's ridiculous and overbearing to impose our own ideas about how the temple burn should be. with that said, i'm sticking to one hope: that people will decide to turn off their sound systems for the temple burn. playing music throughout assumes that your music is the best music in the world and is pretty arrogant. if you really wanna listen to a particular music through the burn, why not grab an iPod and headphones instead of changing the channel to your favourite and making the assumption that it'll work for everyone.
anyway, It doesn't really
matter and having experienced more like 5 burns now I have a wider sampling of the realm of possibilities and have chilled out about having expectations since I know they'll just get stomped on, and they're at odds with a more immediate experience. For the sake of conversation, I find it really interesting that a lot of people are scared of or look down at the idea of a temple and are pretty keen to impose their distaste on folks who like the idea of a non-denominational ritual zone or however they want to think of it.
another thought: I'm definitely more closely aligned with those who're into everyone doing what they want, in keeping with the principles of Burning Man, than the camp of people who are yelling "sit down!" and "be reverent!" which is ironic and hilarious to me, and vastly more distracting than the sound systems that decide everyone wants to listen to them.
Oh, and to whoever said something along the lines of "just tune it out"... amen, but I haven't worked out how to tune out dubstep or any other loudass electronic music yet. and before everyone gets their panties in a bunch, i love music, electronic music included. i'm a musician. i find people's assumptions that i want to listen to their music instead of the built-in music of the temple burning and the humans doing their thing there, pretty arrogant. I'll include the idea in my original post that singing bowls could be played at regular intervals, as arrogant too.
just thought i'd post a follow-up, to get everyone fired up again. Looking forward to being called a bunch more names that ppl want to associate with my loosely-held opinions
see you around town