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- The Fine Arts Center’s Snow Ball Silent Disco will combine art, music and installation-appropriate environmental sounds.
“A silent disco?” you may ask, in much the same manner one might exclaim “A talking cat?”
As strange as it sounds, the concept is one with a fair amount of history. One of the earliest references is found in 1969’s Ruusujen Aika, a Finnish sci-fi art film where characters wear headsets at a party. The concept began receiving more serious consideration in the early ’90s, with eco-activists using headphones to listen to music at outdoor parties to lessen noise pollution and alleviate any disturbance to local wildlife.
Which brings us to 2017, here and now. The Snow Ball Silent Disco accompanies “Beach Front,” an outdoor installation by Anchorage-based, Colorado Springs-born artist William “Buck” Walsky. The installation was created for the 2015 edition of the Burning Man festival. Employing structural steel, found objects such as bicycle wheels, and LED lights, the work — fitting for the silent disco’s early adoption by the ecologically minded — evokes a surreal “underwater wonderland” and explores the interdependence between humans and the forces of nature.
Silent disco participants, meanwhile, can choose from three distinct sonic experiences: two channels of music, plus one of ocean sounds to mesh with the installation.
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