Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Silent discos as multithreaded and noiseless outdoor concerts

South Street Seaport silent disco, May 22nd, 2015.  Photo: Benjamin Norman, New York Times.

The New York Times has an interesting article, "Silent Discos Let You Dance to Your Own Beat," about outdoor concerts that are noiseless--because the music is delivered by headphones--and multi-threaded, in that people can choose to listen to different music streams delivered by different djs all playing simultaneously.

This is interesting on many levels.  It's one way to provide outdoor music "festivals" in places that are adjacent to residential areas...

Also see "Silent disco at BBC6 Fringe Festival, from the Victoria Warehouse (Manchester, UK) website.

Quietclubbing is an organization in New York City that sponsors events at different types of places--parks, beer gardens, etc.--and venues across the city

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At 10:15 AM, Anonymous Christopher said...

Back in 2002, I interned at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and we had a "silent dance party" during our 24 hour solstice festival. Getting approval for outdoor night time events from the local community and their activist Alderman was very difficult, so that was a great way to get around his concerns. It's interesting now, 13 years later, that they are making an appearance in NYC. From what I remember, that the silent dance party was sort of an early 00s thing in Chicago. There was DJ and artist that sort of specialized in it. I guess sometimes things take a while to get to the coasts... ;-)

At 10:29 AM, Blogger Richard Layman said...

The discussion in the article doesn't acknowledge earlier events in places like Chicago.

It's sorta like how bike share wasn't on the radar until Paris launched it, even though large scale systems had already been in place in Lyon and other cities for some time beforehand.


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