Friday, April 29, 2005

Silent Party

This is one I've been thinking about for a while, and it's application has been used in a project my friend Bryan started called the Mobile Movie, allowing a guerilla-style drive-in movie without all the speakers and noise.

The idea is to use FM transmitters to hold a party that won't disturb neighbors. A DJ can hook up his/her mix into an FM transmitters, while each partygoer dons a cheap FM radio, which they would probably bring themselves. While I realize it could be weird watching other people silently dance to music on a radio, I see it as a way to bring parties where parties could never be before. It also lets people stop the music to talk to each other when they're not dancing.

A DJ can even mix multiple streams on different FM frequencies. If half your crowd is into Hip-Hop and the other half likes trance, you can set two playlists and give your partygoers options for what they listen to.

Another thought is for dance groups to use this setup to practice ANYWHERE. In Berkeley, I know the RSF (gym) is always packed with dance groups trying to get some practice time. The thing is, only one group can practice at a time because they need to play the music lout of a boombox in order for everyone to hear it. With a silent party setup, multiple dance groups can practice at once in the same room without disturbing each other. There would need to be a way for the choreographer to insert his/her voice into the FM stream though, which I haven't really thought through yet.

3 Comments:

Blogger worldchampsk8tr said...

Better yet, use a 20 person video conferencing program and headphones so people can stay at home and party -no parking issues, no DUI's and no neighbors complaining about 20 people dancing above them, no bathroom lines- your parents place won't get trashed- . And no booze to buy... you'll be soooooo pop pop popular!

After a few of these,,,, you'll have so many more valuable virtual friends.

12:06 PM  
Blogger worldchampsk8tr said...

Also no STD's! Probably because no one would come to your silent party.

12:08 PM  
Blogger With Hold said...

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3:03 AM  

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