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Silent Disco is a new-ish phenomenon which involves many
people listening to the same music on headphones, in a
space or location or venue. These
are wireless headphones that have several channels, and
indicate to others which channel theyre tuned to.
I think that
the tube (its a London thing) should try out
Disco channels, on each tube carriage, with about three
channels, each of which can also convey passenger
information too. A silent disco app would enable people to
use their own phones. The tube carriage would require its
own wifi, not just at stations and this is the main
Entra Trainment Tonight ?
people dancing to 4'33" ? [popbottle, Aug 01 2015]
||I think there could be fun to be had. One set of
headphones would be fed "The Birdie Song" while
everyone else was getting Ministry of Sound (or
whatever form of techno-skiffle it is that young
people listen to on their eyepads these days).
||I think the social value of seeing other people tap
their toes, or headbang and mosh, or air ukulele, or
roots reggae bass drop, along with what you yourself
are hearing, is of, er, social value. Ironically, it might
get people talking. No it wont, thatd be stupid. It
might get people smiling, though.
||The technology for silent disco is interesting. Its
pretty much only something that could have feasibly
be achieved in the 21st century. If each carriage had
a wifi point and the whole train was one subnet, then
passenger information from the driver or a higher
form of guidance could actually be heard for once. I
mean, who goes on the tube without headphones to
block out tube sound? And then they announce
something or other and by the time youve got your
headphones off theyve stopped the announcing. I
mean, think these things through.
||Each channel could
be controlled by competing djs (as in real silent
discos) but the musical mood could be tempered for
the time of day, weather, travel conditions, etc. The
driver of the train can override with their own
incomprehensible announcements any time they feel
the need (which is usually never, at the moment,
except in rare cases where you get a fluently vocal
and informative train driver, in which case everyone
yanks their earphones out to try to catch what
everyone else around them is smiling at).
||A good idea. Different carriages could be allocated
different musical genres - ambient, country, K-pop, 80's,
||I want to see people dancing to 4'33"
||Sometimes I sing along with that one.