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Fans Become The Light Show With Dan Deacon's Live Concert Mobile App

Screen Shot 2012-09-25 at 10.50.25 AM“For the first time, having your phone out at a concert is not a jerk move.” That’s what the description of Dan Deacon’s mobile app says in the iTunes store, and with proper reasoning. Deacon, a well-seasoned electronic musician from Baltimore, has been known for his highly engaging live performances that oftentimes include him interacting heavily with audience members, and in turn, having them interact with each another (performing in the crowd, choreographing uniform dance moves, holding dance contests in the middle of the floor, etc). Deacon has taken his fan interactivity to the digital front by providing them with an app that allows them to host their own collective light show.

Deacon’s free iPhone and Android app turns a fan’s smartphone into light and sound sources based upon each user’s location without using WiFi or data. Fans attending a Dan Deacon concert are encouraged to download the app before the show, and when they arrive, all the phones running the app are controlled using sonic prompts. Deacon then effectively synchronizes the crowd’s phones to display whatever colors and timing effects he feels. Also rather interesting, the app allows a fan's smartphone to emit sound and be used as an extra instrument for Deacon himself to play.

Watch the clip below to see the app in action: 

This is a novel idea considering that good concert etiquette is usually to keep your phone away during the show out of respect for the artists on stage, as well as your fellow audience members. However, Deacon’s approach with this app creates a unique and personal experience for each person, while including everyone in the collective concert experience. 

The Dan Deacon concert app is available for iPhone and Android devices.

Hisham Dahud is a Senior Analyst for Additionally, he is the head of Business Development for Fame House and an independent musician. Follow him on Twitter: @HishamDahud