Now this is REALLY cool. Before I go on with this story, I'm guessing most of you know what a silent disco is, and for those of you who don't--or may not have been to one--here's the breakdown. A Silent Disco is when people dance to music in a club-like setting, with each individual person taking part wearing listening to music through wireless headphones. For those without the headphones, they hear no music at all. This gives the effect having a room full of people dancing to nothing. They are popular in clubs that have noise curfews and festivals where they have special tents set up for them.
In some cases, there are numerous DJs who compete for listeners, with the "crowd" being able to switch between channels, resulting in the listeners all dancing to different beats; and those watching on seeing a multitude of people dancing very, VERY differently to nothing. Understand? Good. Now that we're all on the same page, this next story will make sense to everyone.
A New York based company has come up with an amazing audio based device that is suited to the whole silent disco empire. It's called "bassAware
" and is "a new line of personal bass products that use tactile transducers and vibration to immerse music lovers in a whole new third dimension of sound."
Started this year thanks to an overwhelmingly successful Kickstarer Campaign
, the company founder, Michael White
, came up with the idea after falling in love with the whole silent disco movement. He wanted to take the experience further and make it more than a full body experience, and from there the idea of "bassAware
" was born.
It's actually very simple design in theory although no so much in making it happen! The idea is to have the sound coming from your headphones, transcend as bass through your body via a "holster" clipped and fastened round your chest and waist in order to give an all around better "silent disco experience." So now you're not only hearing the sound in silent, you're feeling it in silent too. Genius!
Speaking to his tech savvy friends, Michael devised a device that would do just that. He says, " I had some friends experimenting with this technology ideas and I wondered if I could design a low powered portable system - something like a backpack - that we could use along with the silent disco headphones - a way to add bass to these parties." And from there, "bassAware
" was born and it's now become a fully funded, on going project.
The next step, in our eyes, would be to have the device adapted to fit in a real club setting and connected to the DJ playing. This way the whole crowd would be wearing one and experiencing the bass rushing through their bodies.
If only someone would hurry up and invent it!
Check out their website for all the in's and outs and background to the project here