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We would like to introduce you to Goldfish.
Goldfish is comprised of two gents from Cape Town, Dominic Peters and David Poole, who’ve mastered their genre-defying jazzy and housey sound over the years. Goldfish continues to embed themselves within the local and growing-global dance scene through their one-of-a-kind uplifting & super-bouncy beats (which tend to resonate at the utmost melodic corner of your brain). Beats? Of course; horns? Hell yeah there are! And if that wasn’t enough, Goldfish possesses a refreshing and playful taste in animation for their videos. Through a brilliant collaboration, our favorite Goldfish music videos feature a wicked, dance-ridden HEADPHONE-WEARING GOLDFISH! Check it (and just try not to bounce with this):
Yessir… now that I’ve got you your attention, let me treat you with a couple of other Goldfish music video gems:
Washing Over Me by Goldfish (Live) // another Goldfish music video featuring the infamous goldfish with headphones:
Fort Knox by Goldfish (Live)
And last but certainly not least, (in my opinion, Goldfish’s best track + music video power-combo is the Get Busy Living music video, featuring, undoubtedly, the coolest piece of baggage on this side of the Mississippi:
Check these boys out on Facebook
BONUS // Briefly get acquainted to how South Africa gets down:
We love seeing the silent disco concept incorporated into TV commercials the world over. Here are some silent disco commercials we’ve discovered to date.
From the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards.
The Kia Soul DJs an underground Silent Disco.
Here’s the Kia Silent Disco Commercial from the show:
And some behind the scenes footage from the making of the Kia Soul Silent Disco Commercial:
Sony says, “The Silent Party Walkman from Sony means you can party where and whenever you want. Celebrate life in unexpected places and situations.” Check out these Sony silent disco commercials:
In the following video, a German blurb in the beginning translates into, “Last weekend we pulled off a silent party in a cinema. We filmed everything for you, even with my homemade eyeglasses camera.”
And here’s one for Philips wireless headsets, albeit its a silent disco of 1:
Have you seen a silent disco commercial that we’re missing here? Share in the comments below.
For These Party Animals, It’s All Happening at the Zoo
Originally posted on September 9, 2012 in The Wall Street Journal (www.wsj.com) | by Shirley S. Wang
LONDON—At the zoo, there is a new beast: the party animal, dancing to a beat only he can hear.
Behold the “silent disco,” an event where people rock out to music on wireless headphones that give them choice over the music they are listening to and, more important, don’t disturb their neighbors.
A concept that became popular at music festivals in the U.K.—where everyone listens to the band, just without the blasting speakers—silent disco is spreading across the world, particularly in densely inhabited areas where noise is an issue. That makes them an option for zoos, which are increasingly looking to organize events to raise funds and draw more adult visitors.
Evening concerts and parties might disturb the animals, but a silent disco lets partiers blast “Eye of the Tiger” without waking the tiger.
“Why wouldn’t you?” said Sian Clarke, 26 years old, a London resident who attended one recently. “You can see animals, you can dance and you can drink.”
At the London Zoo, which is believed to be the first zoo to hold such an event three years ago, the silent discos have been a huge draw and now bring in 6,000 additional adults a week during June and July, according to Owen Craft, the zoo’s marketing manager.
At £10 to £25, or about $16 to $40, a ticket, it also serves as an important revenue stream for the zoo’s conservation work. “It’s a good solution to enhance the entertainment but also to respect animal welfare,” Mr. Craft said.
The dance parties have quietly joined other types of events zoos use to bring in crowds, such as sleepovers, Valentine’s Day tours and “Brew at the Zoo” festivals. The Denver Zoo held a silent disco for the first time last summer, and the San Francisco Zoo held its inaugural quiet event in August.
It isn’t always a peaceful jungle. One challenge is keeping people from singing along to the music. Tony Comerford, the on-the-ground organizer for the event at the London Zoo, said that dancers inevitably burst into song and the zoo has to announce multiple times, via the headphones: “The animals have gone to bed. Please keep your singing voices in your head.” “Love Train” typically prompts a trainlike dancing procession, he said.
At a silent disco at the London Zoo recently, some people got very into character. A number of people walked around decked out in animal costumes or masks, and the line for grown-up animal face paint was at times 20 people deep.
Milly Glaister, a 28-year-old online marketer, came dressed in a giraffe jumpsuit. When asked where she was from, she replied, “Here, can’t you tell?”
Before their 9:30 p.m. bedtime, the zoo animals—which are another big draw of the evening—garnered most of the attention. Adult spectators laughed at the penguins and gawked in fascination and disgust as a crocodile ate his evening meal, a large bird.
As shut eye called for the zoo’s principal residents, more people headed toward the silent disco, a roped-off clearing outside a section of animal enclosures, eventually leading to the formation of a line like at a club.
Upon entering, each reveler was handed a black headset with a device inside the earpiece that provided a choice of two channels: one that played mostly ’70s-based Motown music or another that had newer dance music.
There was an elevated platform for those who really wanted to show off their moves, but most dancers milled about on the grassy area below it.
Some looked less than graceful, trying to dance with others dialed into different music channels. Several bobbed around with their eyes closed, as if in their own world. But the lions and tigers nearby were unperturbed and unlikely to judge.
Not everyone could get into the mood. Michelle Tofi, who came with two friends to check out the event, said she had been looking forward to the silent disco but couldn’t dance there because of the staged feel. “But I’d definitely do it again, in more of a flash mob spontaneous setting,” she said.
Avinash Naga, a London-based dentist, had no qualms. He had never been to the London Zoo before but said his friends liked dressing in costume and have held animal-themed birthday pub crawls.
“We came to be amongst animals for once instead of being animals,” said Dr. Naga, 30, who was wearing a huge, stuffed cartoon bear head that barely showed his face. After having sauntered around the zoo with beers—food and alcohol were sold—he and his five friends joined the boogying crowd and picked up their headphones.
“To start with, you listen to your own stuff,” said Dr. Naga, who said he didn’t feel self-conscious about dancing to one tune while his friends were dancing to music on the other channel.
He tried to get his friends to listen to the same channel but soon gave up and focused on his own dancing. “Just listening to [the music] you might be in your in own world, but what in fact you’re sharing is the experience of being in the same place for the same reason.”
Dr. Naga, who had been to one other silent disco but not at a zoo, was a bit worried about the animals, especially the nearby gorillas. “I wasn’t quite sure if the animals appreciated it or not,” he said. But, taking off the headphones to test the noise, he said the level was low enough to hear a conversation—until there was a burst of singing.
“When everyone started singing along at the end I was very nicely surprised by how tuneful we were,” said Ms. Glaister, who wore the giraffe outfit.
What was the loudest noise of the evening? The boos at the end of the night when the disco shut down.
Light House Studio, Live Arts Theater, and Second Street Gallery host the first building-wide fundraiser, Mind The Gap, at the City Center for Contemporary Arts on Saturday, June 30th, 2012. There was entertainment happening on all levels of the building, with something for everyone. The event featured a silent disco powered by Silent Storm where guests were provided wireless headphone sets, through which local DJ XSV’s music was broadcast. Here’s a clip from the event:
Here’s the latest sounds from DJ XSV:
Looks like the newest headphones on the market today are not for you and I; they’re for our little feline friends. And believe it or not, this is a world’s first! Wow — FINALLY!
Who cares if cats strive to avoid loud noises at all costs and hate when anything touches their ears or clamps around their heads?
SOL Republic has taken the lead in cross-specie headphone production and co-created cat headphones with a little help from their world-renowned cat, Professor Meowingtons pHd, “previously known for his work with music producer deadmau5″. SOL Republic is ”on a mission to create incredible music experiences for humans and felines alike”. Designer, Joshua Davis, famed digital artist, frequent collaborator of deadmau5 and fan of Professor Meowingtons goes on to explain that “these headphones look good on the ears or even around the neck”.
With a limited number of these exclusive cat headphones created (10 to be exact), your cat can enjoy music while blocking out the annoying sound of dogs and humans — all while being, undoubtedly, the most stylish fur ball on the streets. Why wait? Cop your cat a pair of these bumpin headphones for just $999! You won’t regret it… but don’t take our word for it:
Gotta give a nod to SOL Republic for this hilarious campaign, particularly because all proceeds are donated to the ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). We love this viral campaign and selecting funny-man Gavin McInnes to star as the manic infomercial salesman? Brilliant! Now, back to planning the world’s first silent disco for cats!
Originally posted on July 22, 2012 on OxbridgePrograms2012.com
Last night we threw on our dancing shoes and headphones for our third dance; a luau themed silent disco! Ever heard of a silent disco? Everyone gets their own headset, courtesy of Silent Storm Sound System, and can alternate between different channels of music to dance to whatever song they prefer. To a bystander, it’s hilarious – a room full of people dancing with each other, out of sync, everyone belting out lyrics to different songs, forgetting that the rest of the room is quiet – but with the headphones on you’re in the zone, rocking out in your own world. It was a totally unique dancing experience, and the staff had just as much fun as the students. It’s hard to believe we only have one dance left. It’ll be hard to top this one, but we’ll certianly try next Saturday!
Originally posted on January 128, 2011 on Examiner.com | by Eric Garner
Silent Storm Sound System is a live music service and equipment company with an LLC in Philadelphia and additional offices in Boston and San Francisco, specializing in throwing silent disco parties across the United States. The Capital Region got its first glimpse of the silent disco idea during LarkFEST 2010 when Silent Storm Sound System teamed up with the Capital District’s own Gravity Entertainment, SinSation Sound and Dreamy Productions to throw a silent disco party on Hudson Avenue in Albany. The basic concept is simply that the performance is broadcast wirelessly to headphones the company supplies to audience members rather than being amplified and blasted out to the crowd via a P.A. System. The rental cost for the headphones is included in the price of event admission.
George Gayl and co-founder Julia Kuder started Silent Storm Sound System, or SSSS for short, in Boston during the autumn of 2009 looking to Europe for inspiration, where the silent disco idea was already a success. George Gayl has a background in online branding, experiential marketing and live music promotions with Julia Kuder acting as Chief Financial Officer in Philadelphia. The San Francisco site manages the company’s West Coast presence along with national campaigns and business development under the authority of Sarah Thomas, Director of Business Development, Marketing & PR. “Silent Storm Sound System was founded upon our love of music. Our business model allows for our backgrounds to truly support the growth of the company,” says Gayl about the principles the company was founded upon.
Though the concept is simple, silent disco events have a completely different feel than what might be expected both for the audience and for spectators passing by. The audience enjoys a sense of exclusivity since they are the only ones who can hear the performance while spectators are left to watch them dance in apparent silence and wonder what it is that they can hear, much to their own amusement. The headphones have two separate channels allowing more than one musical performance to be broadcast at the same time, and listeners can choose between channels at their leisure simply by flipping a switch on their headphones. According to the website for Silent Storm Sound System, this results in events that are “unifying and strangely uplifting… a brilliant experience not to be missed”.
SSSS was built from the ground up to spread the silent disco idea through its growth beyond music festivals, where most people learn about it for the first time, toward spaces where volume restrictions create thorny issues for musical events. Museums, galleries and historical buildings, and even private house parties where noise is an issue for neighbors are among the wide range of venues beyond music festivals that make up their target market. “At SSSS we aim to provide a unique musical experience through silent disco to a wider range of people, ages, and venues,” says Sarah Thomas.
Brand marketing is another service provided by SSSS in addition to services for venues and music festivals. Gayl notes an event SSSS recently hosted by Yelp in collaboration with Skyy Vodka and others on a young professionals’ gathering in the San Francisco area. Positive feedback about the event sparked interest from several other brands to replicate this success at other sponsored events across the country for 2011-2012. Gayl also notes expansion toward trade shows and conferences, where the two channels on the company’s headphones can be utilized for bilingual or simultaneous presentations. In the meantime, the SSSS street team in Boston continues to keep momentum going in the Northeast with silent disco events being held on a regular basis there.
For booking and pricing information, event planners can reach Silent Storm via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Sarah Thomas at (203) 446-7292. “We allow the autonomy for you to run your event with your own people and representation if you desire, and will train your team to ensure your event is a success,” notes Gayl.
If 2010 was the year that Silent Storm Sound System helped to introduce the country to the silent disco idea, 2011 is set to be the year that the company turns it into a full-fledged phenomenon. “This year is proving to be our year for expansion, not just geographically but in terms of service providing, brand marketing, trend-setting and the re-defining of the silent disco experience,” says Thomas. “2011 is the year we begin to take the country by silent storm.”
Originally posted on July 10, 2012 on CampStarlight.com
It could have been a scene from Big Bang Theory or Impractical Jokers: Camp Starlight campers and staff dancing to…silence. But it was actually one of the newest up and coming party trends called silent disco powered by Silent Storm Sound System. Yes, you heard us correctly. Silent disco. No, it’s not a sacred ritual in memoriam to what some might call John Travolta’s best years. It’s a way to make sure that no one thinks the playlist is bad. Everyone was given a headset that allowed them to choose their own tunes and dance the night away without decibel levels to cause vibrations which measure on the Richter scale throughout Starlight, Pennsylvania.
We won’t lie. Silent disco is not only tremendous fun but it’s a bit comical, too. Watching a roomful of people each dancing without hearing the sounds behind the moves made for a night of hilarity and awesome times! It was a huge hit with everyone. In fact, it was still the subject of conversation at breakfast the next morning for many of our campers and staff. The general consensus is that everyone can’t wait to try it again! We definitely raised the roof…but this time we didn’t have to crank up a few amplifiers as high as they could go.
Our Partners, AVAdventure Productions, recently designed “Ready, Headset, Go”, an interactive educational experience for kids at the Destination Imagination 2012 Global Finals. The event taught kids of all ages the importance of brain health in being successful now as students as well as in the future as they grow up. About 1,200 players from 11 countries participated in the AVAdventure! Kids exercising their bodies and their brains – what’s better than that?
We absolutely love the creativity and innovation of AVAdventure’s events and this particular showcase of the Silent Storm Sound System is no exception. Just See for yourself!
We haven’t been so excited about an event since our events at California Academy of Sciences! This will be the San Francisco Zoo’s first nightlife event and we are honored to be a part of it.
Bucket list item: throw a silent disco at the Primate Discovery Center and party with monkeys… Check! And best of all, we can do so while being respectful of those zoo inhabitants which prefer to rest while we get our dance on.
Featuring DJ Zach Moore (Space Cowboys) & DJs Carnita and Brown Amy (Hard French)!
Here’s a live set by Zach Moore, recorded at our last silent disco event at the California Academy of Sciences:
Here’s a bit about Hard French