If you’re familiar with the contemporary music scene and tend to be a concert junkie, you know what to generally expect when attending a musical event – great experiences and memorable moments, with music radiating through the speakers, filling the entire space with exhilarating sound waves.
Thanks to modern technology, we are now able to remember this feeling and these experiences forever. However, the ability to capture these moments we experience at live concerts with new technologies, such as cell phones with cameras paired with access to social media, is both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, you’re able to immortalize that individual concert experience, but on the other hand, there is something lost when an event is bombarded with technology and social media outlets.
Mike Landry, an Arts and Culture major at Brock University, hopes to eliminate these technological distractions in the concert setting with an event called “Sound Suicide”.
“Over time, technology has changed the way people listen to music and we have forgotten the raw intimacy of simply connecting with the sound,” said Landry. “Before all of the advancements in sound technology, it was just you and the performance, and the music would essentially commit suicide, as it could never be experienced again in the exact same way. This is an exclusive event that will give listeners the opportunity to enjoy a unique experience that they will only be able to look back on through thought.”
When an audience member puts their phone in between them and the performance, they interfere with the unity of the performers and the listeners, resulting in a distorted experience.
Sound Suicide will prompt listeners to truly and wholly connect with the music by eliminating phones, cameras and all other devices that would otherwise interfere with and distract both the performer and audience from the raw connection that occurs between music and listeners.
The audience will be asked not only to put their phones on silent or vibrate, but to tuck their devices away completely where they will not be tempted to grab or look at it for the duration of the evening.
Listeners at Sound Suicide will have the pleasure of experiencing this rare performance of music by local talents including Emma Lee Fleury, Anthony Sweet, Xprime, Sidney Baron and Whitney Pea with Laurel Minnes as well as a surprise guest act in an intimate setting.
In a world that is so dominated by technology, a concert like this allows the audience to remember why they were going to a concert in the first place. This is a unique event that comes down to a true connection with one of life’s greatest forms of entertainment: music.
Sound Suicide will take place at Rodman Hall Art Centre in St. Catharines on Nov. 28 at 6:00 p.m. It is suggested that anyone who is interested be there early as space is limited.