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Friday, April 18, 2014

Going to See Dan Deacon? Bring Your Phone

Posted By on Fri, Apr 18, 2014 at 8:14 AM

click to enlarge Dan Deacon - COURTESY OF DAN DEACON
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If you're going to see Dan Deacon at ArtsRiot in Burlington this Friday, April 18, don't forget to turn your phone … on?

In what is either a stroke of technological evil genius or fallout from the recent Supreme Court ruling in the case of Beat 'Em v. Join 'Em, Deacon has recently been employing a unique smartphone app at his concerts that allows audience members — and their phones — to be part of the show like never before.

As the trailer below explains, the app "turns your phone and all other smartphones in the audience into a dense, coordinated light and sound spectacle." Without using WiFi or data, Deacon's app syncs with music from the show to, "turn your screen into a light show, your speaker into an instrument and your LED into a strobe light."
Deacon's app is undoubtedly an intriguing concept, and if viewed as a solution to the scourge of phone use at shows, kinda brilliant. Though we have to admit that the shots in the trailer of slack-jawed audience members staring blankly into their glowing phones instead of, y'know, watching the concert, elicits uneasy, 1984-type willies.

In a related story, Deacon will headline a brunch dance party the following morning at August First, at which the first 300 people through the door using the app get a free scone. (OK, we made that part up.)




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