Monday, September 12, 2005

Sounds of silence

Can you imagine walking into a nightclub and seeing a room full of people dancing and there is no music? Well, at least no music that you can hear.
The concept involves a Disc Jockey and a bunch of wireless headphones. The music gets played through the wireless headphones instead of through speakers. “The silent disco” was originally held at the Glastonbury Festival, in the west of England. The festival-goers at the dance tent were issued with free headphones so they could listen to the music as loud as they liked. This also enabled them to go on later into the evening without infringing the noise curfew.
The people behind the project were two DJs that were veterans of the Dutch arts scene. Their aim at origin was for people to "go wild in silence". They are confident this could change the world of clubbing, saying “it is better to be seen than heard”.
Hmmmmm, seems I have heard that somewhere before! Oh yes, my grandparents used to say that of children.
Anyway, they claim the music is very intense and everything can be heard perfectly.
Apparently this trend is well received. It is picking up and spreading where ever the events are held, including Belgium, Spain, Italy and Scotland.
If anyone has ever listened to music through headphones, you know how much better the sound is. The music is far more clear and pure sounding.
I suppose if you were on the dance floor listening to the music through your headphones, that it would be easy to get caught up in the music and the movement. I think just seeing it from an outsider perspective that it would be strange…..everyone dancing and moving to silence!
Just think deeper as to how it would sound...like a bunch of stomping and maybe some people singing "offkey"! Interesting concept though.

27 comments:

Edge said...

I just don't want there to be noise when I come home so I don't feel like Raymond on Rain Man. AaaaaaaaaaaayYyyyyyyyyyyhhhhhhhh!!!!!!

~Jef

hotboy said...

Been a long time since I've been in a space with lots of people losing themselves in the dark, sweat heat, throbbing music. Must have been a viking helmet day with Brian Wilson a few weeks ago. Naw. Think Eskimos undressing to the heat and drum beats of the Friday night in the big igloo. Everybody should be the same noise or it's not dionysian.But good for a change. Hotboy

BeckEye said...

The only positive I could see in it is when you want to talk to someone, just take off your earphones and you can actually hear and can speak in a normal tone without having to scream and shred your vocal chords. Otherwise, it sounds pretty weird.

ticharu said...

I'm the kind who would turn off the headphones and just pretend I was hearing what everyone else was hearing, and I'd have a great time dancing to the movements everyone else was making, all the while laughing to myself!
On the rare occation I do go to a bar with loud music, I wear these proffesional ear plugs I had made by an ear doctor, so I can hear perfectly which microphones are blown, which speaker cabinets buzz, etc.
I'm never in the same space as the rest of the crowd. It's funny.

Me said...
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Me said...

I hate noise and probably this is the best way to get out of it...

Justice said...

That is a great idea. Just like you said, music through headphones is a much better quality.

jiggs said...

I wonder if the DJ ever plays that song "Jessie's Girl". That's song's going through my head right now...

robmcj said...

Just add a webcam, and everyone can dance together without leaving home. More convenient.

Lee Ann said...

Jef ~ I know what you are saying. Home needs to be your "Haven".

hotboy ~ That Eskimo thing sounds a little kinky:)

beckeye ~ You have a great point! It would definitely be better for conversation and your vocal chords. Just think, you could actually carry on a conversation that didn't include..."huh", "what", "um, I didn't get that", "what did you say", "say again"!

Ticharu ~ I like that! Dancing to the beat of your own drum. Just wonder how many other people would really be doing what you were? hehe

avik ~ Sounds like this might be something you should try! Fun and quiet!

justice ~ Yes, the music just seems to be much better with headphones. You can almost get lost in the song.

jiggs ~ hahaha, That is one of those songs that is hard to get out of your mind!

Fred said...

I'm thinking the same idea could work with my students. Of course, there would no "off" switch.

Lee Ann said...

fred ~ you may be on to something there!

-RM said...

I like the idea...I would want to be able to change the music though...that would kick as..people dancing to different beats.

Lee Ann said...

rm ~ Have several different sets going at once? That is an innovative concept! That would be fun to watch.

Dave Morris said...

I'd miss the bass thump, you don't get much of it through headphones. But it would be funny to hear people singing with the headphones on. They'd sell more booze.

mojoala said...

If I walked into a scene like that, I would play Simon Cowell and listen to the voices and proclaim "you are the weakest link, good bye" and then ask them to leave.

Actually it would never go over well here, we like to feel the bass repercussions coming from the speakers....

mojoala said...

Example:

Listening to the "Chemical Brothers" thru a headset would be a true disgrace to such good dance techno music....

ticharu said...

Yeah, the other cool thing would be programing your own set, so everyone was dancing to a different set of tunes!
Dancing with some chick, take off the phones, "I was dancing to the Ramones! What were you dancing to?"
and she replys in a snippy voice "Shauna Twain... loser!"

ticharu said...

Mojoala has a great point. Part of the allure of going to a club is being able to feel the music hit you from those speakers. Headphones are for tripping at home.

The Husband said...

i'm not sure if i would like that. i think it would take some getting used to.

Lee Ann said...

Dave ~ I think I would agree with you. The bass is what makes the music come alive!

mojo ~ that is funny! Simon would have a field day wouldn't he?

Ticharu ~ I like your improv!

Carl ~ You are right, it wouldn't be an easy thing to get used to. Besides, think of dancing with headphones. There would be so many that couldn't get their groove on the way they would want to. Seems like the headphones would hold you back! =)

Carslemane Foraix said...

It sounds like a typical party at Hotboy's place, except that at his parties, everyone dances around all night without any music or headphones at all.

Carslemane

Lee Ann said...

Carslemane foraix ~ Hi! Thanks for stopping by! Hmmmm, looks like we have found out about hotboy! Thanks for the information!

The Zombie Lama said...

That would just be freaky. It's like a no smoking bar. I quit, but it's still weird to go to a bar with no smoke in it. Just doesn't seem right.

Lee Ann said...

Zombie ~ It would be strange to go to a no smoking bar. I don't smoke, so it wouldn't make a difference to me. One good thing about a no smoking bar would be that your clothes don't smell to high heaven after you get home. :)

The Zombie Lama said...

Oh yeah, that part is awesome, but still... there's something not quite right.

Ilaiy said...

that is so crazy ..

./thanks
ilaiy