When I Invented Silent Gigs / Discos

Have a look at this interview from March 1997:

(Source: New York Times)

If you look up Silent Disco on Wikipedia, you get this:

In May 2002 artist Meg Duguid hosted Dance with me… a silent dance party at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago where she created an outdoor club installation complete with velvet ropes and glow rope in which a DJ spun a transmission to wireless headsets that audience members put on and danced to.[4][5][6] Duguid threw a second dance party at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago the following year, entitled Dueling DJs where two DJS simultaneously spun two separate musical transmissions various wireless headsets that audience members put on and danced to. This performance was repeated the following year (2004) at the Chicago Cultural Center.[7]

The term “silent disco” has been in existence since at least 2005 with Bonnaroo Music Festival advertising such an event that year with DJ’s Motion Potion, Quickie Mart and DJ medi4 and headphones provided by KOSS.[8] In recent years Silent Events has presented Bonaroo’s Silent Disco.[9]

In the Netherlands, the traveling arts and culture festival De Parade already featured a “stille disco” [silent disco] earlier, for example in 2003.[10] Dutch DJs Nico Okkerse and Michael Minton have been described as “the pioneers … in the legend of silent disco” because they started “stille disco” events in 2002.[11] Okkerse claims his company 433fm.com “created Silent Disco in 2002”[12] and its site does have photos from such events going back to at least 2003.[13]

(Source: Wikipedia)

So, yaay, that was five years after when I invented it, depending which one you believe.

But then…

A silent concert (or headphones concert) is a live music performance where the audience, in the same venue as the performing artist, listens to the music through headphones.[20] The idea originated in 1997 when Erik Minkkinen,[21][22] an electronic artist[23][24] from Paris, streamed a live concert from his closet over the internet to three listeners in Japan.[25] The concept led to a decentralized organization known as le placard (“the Cupboard”),[26] which allowed anybody to establish a streaming or listening room.[25]

The first headphone concert taking place in front of a live audience took place March 17, 1999, at Trees in Dallas, Texas. The American psychedelic band The Flaming Lips used an FM signal generator at the venue and handed out mini FM radio receivers and headphones to each member of the audience. A normal speaker system was also used so the sound could also be felt. This continued on their “International Music Against Brain Degeneration Revue” tour with mixed results, with technical problems including dead batteries and intoxicated audience members having trouble tuning to the correct frequency.[27]

(Source: Wikipedia)

So, depending on when in ’97 Minkkinen did his proto-Twitch stream, maybe I’m a co-inventor. But Flaming Lips, March???

Highly suspicious…

UPDATE!!! Just got this email in:

Hi Jyoti,Erik Minkkinen here. Fell on your post about silent disco. Yes those wikipedia articles are quite erroneous, never bothered to try to fix them, actually I don’t claim to be the inventor of anything.

The fact is , true , the idea came up in 1997 , but the actual first festival which happened in Paris in sept 1998 was a non stop 72 hour event , and became a yearly festival for many years. here are links to the archives http://placard5.dokidoki.fr/p4123.htm


The first one was not streamed , it is only starting from the second one in Vienna that we opened to distant concerts. The festival is still ongoing http://leplacard.org , not as much activity as there used to be, have been concentrating more on micro fm and radio works with http://p-node.org


Hope this helps

Take care

Erik

Isn’t that cool? Please check out Erik’s sites, there’s some lovely, creative stuff there!

The Genius Of Turing

(In response to a thread on Tumblr)

The appalling homophobic hatecrime that was carried out by the British government against Turing must never be forgotten. 

If you really want to delve into Turing’s life and also realise the horrendous extent of the straightwashing surrounding his history / erasure from history, please, please read this book: 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/150731.Alan_Turing

I can honestly say that this book changed my life and the way I think about both maths and physics. If you’re a science wannabe like me, this book is gentle enough that you can grasp the big concepts. But if you’re a bit more hardcore, you’ll be glad it doesn’t baby the more difficult ideas. 

However, the reason I most love this book is that it’s also a book full of love. Love for Turing, love for the beauty of nature but also love of love itself. Inevitably, it is tragic in parts but overall, it’s a celebration of the life of a brilliant gay man who helped defeat world fascism and whose ideas define huge parts of the world we live in now. 

Cyberpunk 2077 – A Review After Playing for 130+ Hours

Well, I finished it. It had a nice, elegiac ending.

It’s such a mixed game. For the graphic designers, I’d easily give them 11/10 as there’s so much work and love gone into every little detail of the game. It’s just sad a lot of it takes time to rez in or disappears in front of you, totally spoiling the immersion

The same with the sound design – there’s some lovely touches but they become lost in NPCs talking over an incoming phone call or eerily silent gunfights / running / vehicles.

This is a game that bothered to mocap a really fat bloke walking but then clunkily replicates that on screen so you have a synchronised team of fat blokes.

So much time and trouble over the minutiae of a game, far, far more than a lot of others but the actual bones (NPC AI, cop AI, rendering) are all broken and jutting out awkwardly, probably in a T-pose.

And if you’re a PS4 player… well, CP2077 is to Horizon Zero Dawn as Paul Blart: Mall Cop is to Serpico. The narrative is never more than kid level, YA would be a stretch as that implies more ambiguity and fewer archetypes/cliches.

tl;dr – damn, you could have been sooooo good, what a fucking missed opportunity…

My First Stream

So, now I can officially say that I am a STREAMER.

Two hours of me chatting rubbish and mucking around with synths – I don’t think Netflix will be calling me just yet. And, for some reason, I muted ALL AUDIO for the first 23 minutes.

I apologise to the three people who stumbled across my stream tonight. In my defencce, I am bloody old.

Come and follow me at twitch.tv/bzangy for more thrilling content.

Computer Chronicles 1990

This fine morning, why not keep abreast of the news from THIRTY YEARS AGO!

APPLE ARE SUING MICROSOFT! BUT WINDOWS 3.0 IS COMING, EVERYONE!

YOU MIGHT NEED TWO MEGABYTES OF RAM!!!

Fucking GARY KILDALL is one of the hosts. This is like having Jesus pop in on Songs Of Praise!

In other breaking news, Microsoft is porting Powerpoint from its original Mac version to Windows, finally!

I have a vision of millions of students around the globe sleeping through lecturers’ Powerpoints in the decades to come…

My Very Short Review Of The Sony Xperia 5

I had high hopes for this phone, I’m looking to replace my Samsung Note 10 Plus because the in-screen fingerprint sensor basically is shite.

So, unboxed the Sony, lovely lovely, booted aaaaand…

What a wonderful start!

Okay… let’s reboot. Hmmm… seems a bit hot at the back. Ah, I’m sure it’ll be okay…

…..aaaaand back in the box you go, Sony Xperia 5, you dodgy piece of crap…