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Silent Disco Channels On The Tube

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Silent Disco is a new-ish phenomenon which involves many people listening to the same music on headphones, in a specific space or location or venue. These headphones are wireless headphones that have several channels, and indicate to others which channel they’re “tuned” to.

I think that the tube (it’s a London thing) should try out Silent 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 problem.

Ian Tindale, Jul 31 2015

Entra Trainment Tonight ? https://en.wikipedi...g/wiki/Silent_disco
people dancing to 4'33" ? [popbottle, Aug 01 2015]

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       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).
MaxwellBuchanan, Aug 01 2015
  

       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 won’t, that’d be stupid. It might get people smiling, though.   

       The technology for silent disco is interesting. It’s 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 you’ve got your headphones off they’ve 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).
Ian Tindale, Aug 01 2015
  

       A good idea. Different carriages could be allocated different musical genres - ambient, country, K-pop, 80's, etc.
hippo, Aug 01 2015
  

       I want to see people dancing to 4'33"
MaxwellBuchanan, Aug 01 2015
  

       Sometimes I sing along with that one.
RayfordSteele, Aug 03 2015
  
      
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