If you believe that a dance party is the ultimate crowd-sourced entertainment, then you probably don’t want to let this dance party at Mass MoCA pass you by. Just don’t go looking for the DJ unless you want to be part of the show.
That’s because music innovator Dan Deacon sets up his equipment on a small table in the crowd. He explained this preference to The A.V. Club: “One, it’s more fun for me, and two, the show isn’t about looking at someone perform…I wanted people to watch themselves dance around, to have a feedback cycle of audience reacting to audience.” Deacon interacts with the crowd, organizing dance-offs and sharing humorous anecdotes. In August 2012, he launched a Smartphone app that synchronizes in real time to the show’s light and sound components, allowing the audience to participate in his signature concert ambiance. At MASS MoCA, audience members with iPhones or Androids can download the app for free and watch their phone become a part of the concert – the light and sound changes depending on where the phone is located within the venue.
Due to an injury, Dan Deacon and Nuclear Power Pants have cancelled their scheduled appearance at EMPAC @ RPI in Troy tonight.
Their performance will be rescheduled, perhaps for sometime in the spring.
In the meantime, tonight’s New Nothing concert will go on as scheduled at 7:30pm with performances by Skeleton$ and Luciano Chessa. In addition, Warp Records’ Prefuse 73 – with live video accompaniment by Troy’s own lmnopf – has been lined up as a replacement for Deacon.
Dan Deacon is heading back out on tour next week with his pals Nuclear Power Pants, and they’ll be making a stop at EMPAC @ RPI in Troy on Friday, November 13, where they’ll share the stage with Skeleton$ and Luciano Chessa for another concert in the ongoing New Nothing series.
To celebrate this tour, the fine folks at Post Typography have designed a nifty new Dan Deacon poster. Your job is to identify all of the 243 cartoon characters portrayed on the poster. Be the first one to get ’em all right and a way-cool prize package awaits you – including a portrait of you painted by Dan Deacon.
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