After dinner in Astoria one night, we went to a beer garden and experienced the innovative pleasure of Quiet Clubbing for the first time. Picture yourself at a lively dance party and you have the capability to change the song when you aren’t feeling it. Very smart. Now picture yourself at the same club and you want to turn the music down (off?) because it is either too loud or you want to have a conversation. Genius! The concept behind Quiet Clubbing is that there are three DJ booths playing differing styles of music and each person has a headset that allows them to tune into which ever DJ they choose. Their choice is visible to others as the headset turns the color of the DJ booth. The rest of the venue is filled with ambient music so you actually can have a conversation (a novel idea for a dance club!). If you aren’t listening, you are witnessing people dancing to no apparent music or beat.
Shortly thereafter, we went out with dear friends to another Quiet Event called Boy Meets Girl – The First Date (Quiet Theater) n Hell’s Kitchen. This is a (somewhat) natural extension of this audio technology and is pushing the boundaries of immersive theater. The idea is the audience are voyeurs on a Tinder generated first date (the world has changed since my dating days!) and the audience chooses between listening to the male feed or the female feed. You can hear the interaction no matter which channel, but the feeds are a plug into their minds and what they are really thinking despite what they are saying. The show was a great prelude to dinner and I am interested in how far this technology will be utilized in the future.