The rock concert to be featured at the New England Institute of Artâ€™s outdoor ribbon cutting celebration for their new expansion will only be heard by invited guests and wonâ€™t disturb the neighbors and fellow tenants of 10 Brookline Place West.
Rhode Island rock band Eric French and Mr. Hyde (EricFrench.com) will headline this event with classic rock cover songs played through amp modeling and sampling programs into 100 pairs of wireless headphones provided by Brooklineâ€™s own AllEars Headphone Rental & Production Services (AllEarsHeadphones.com).
The silent concert format was the idea of Allan Kraut, Founder of AllEars, Associate Professor at the New England Institute of Art (ArtInstitutes.edu/Boston), and Founder of Cambridge-based Merch Music (MerchMusic.com), a digital music download company. Students in NEiAâ€™s enormously successful audio program, under the guidance of Professor Kraut, will be running the show. Heâ€™s planning other concerts in the area later this summer.
â€śThis changes everythingâ€ť says Kraut, â€śBands can perform almost anywhere: museums, backyards, airports or a parking lot like this!â€ť Attendees walk up to a table, leave their ID and get to use a set of headphones to hear the band. They can even adjust the volume of the music to their own liking.
The guitar is run through a computer that simulates the sound of various amplifiers and is controlled by a â€śGiOâ€ť (ApogeeDigital.com/products/gio.php) provided by Apogee Electronics of Santa Monica, CA. The drum pads trigger various samples of actual drums and all the signals are combined and mixed before being transmitted to the headphones.
The performance is on Thursday,Â May 12, 2011 fromÂ 11:00am â€“ 1:00pm @ The New England Institute of Art, 10 Brookline Place West, Brookline, MA. This event is exclusively for New England Institute of Art affiliates, special guests, and the press.