Creating an Olympic soundscape at a fan-free Tokyo Games

By Mathias CENA

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They need to add some laugh tracks a deflating balloon sound for when athletes mess up or lose.

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What next. A laugh track? The degree of artifice in the Olympics is astounding to begin with - let alone fake crowd noise.

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The canned Olympics. Fitting.

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This is bound to fail. Nothing can replace the spontaneity of a crowd witnessing a thrilling victory or an agonizing mishap.

These games have suffered enough without having fake applause disguise empty seats.

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