mp3 Experiment was a rocking success!

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Our first mp3 Experiment was a rocking success with at least 100 people showing up to participate!  The starting point was the giant Christmas tree in front of the MadCap theaters on Mill, and everything looked fairly quiet until even just 5 minutes before the start, then suddenly waves of people with headphones on started pouring into the area!  We were worried about people starting at different times, so used big cue cards to get everyone (hopefully) going in synch.

Marching and mayhem

Divided into Red and Blue teams by birthday (though the Blue team was a bit larger), the groups separated and started marching (really, marching) up Mill Ave.  Their first stop was to engage in some imaginary warfare! The Blue team began taunting the Red team across the street, who in turn drew an imaginary bow and arrow and fired at the Blues. Blues fell to the sidewalk in dramatic piles and the Reds celebrated their victory!  Drivers stopped in traffic craned around trying to figure out what was going on, and this is where pedestrians really started to realize something odd was afoot.

We skipped merrily along to the next intersection, where the Red Team circled around like airplanes and the Blue Team spread peace and love. A few pedestrians were hoping anxiously for the light to change to get away from the weirdness.  This was not their lucky day, because when the light changed the teams all crossed and high-fived each other along the way. Some bystanders scurried to get out of the way while others just played along and started high-fiving.

After the high-fives, two covert agents handed out little bottles of bubbles. As the procession continued north bubbles filled the air and patrons inside the stores started peering out. The Blue Team then contended with imaginary ringing cell-phones, and the Red Team turned into tourists with imaginary cameras. A passerby called the Blue Team “A bunch of liars!” for talking into their imaginary phones, while a few people posed and flashed smiles for the Red Team’s photographic attempts.

Confusion, Coffee, and Disco

At the next intersection… What is THAT!?! Both teams pointed over the top of a building, gasping in disbelief at the imaginary thing on the roof!  Several people on all four corners of the intersection craned to see what was going on, especially when “it” apparently leaped across the street to a different building. Whatever “it” was, it got a lot of attention! Here we noticed that we had an entourage – some pedestrians had started following us to see what we would do next.

In front of Starbucks all 100 people lined up to go in… but didn’t order. We nodded to patrons, briefly regarded the menu, decided against ordering anything, and exited out a side door. We began performing YMCA as we continued up Mill, which was a strange sight to everyone outside the prank who couldn’t hear the music. One of the servers inside a restaurant we passed clearly recognized our sweet moves as he started dancing along in his window with a huge grin on his face.

Grand Finale

We then paused in front of an adult store where the men turned their eyes away in disgust while the women peered in the window with enthusiasm.  Everyone fought a round of itchy-butt syndrome as they moved to the finale where everyone was feeling strong now as we did a slo-mo, low-budget reenactment of the victory run from Rocky! It was only then we realized how many people we picked up along the way as the little amphitheater was packed. We had hoped for 40 people to show up, and our final headcount was around 100.

This was by far the most planning we’ve put into an event, and it it was a blast! We learned quite a few things, including whether anyone would even show up!  That answer was a definite Yes!  We also learned how people react to instructions, where we need more (and less) time, and the complications of things like timing streetlights.

Got pictures or video clips? Upload them here or let us know where to find them!

Event pictures on Flickr (tag with mp3az and improvaz).
Event album on Facebook.

Some of the video came out a little jagged, but you can watch the high points in all their crazy glory below:

We will do more of these in the future, so stay tuned to our Facebook page or mailing list for all the latest news!

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Join us for the mp3 Experiment flashmob

If you have an mp3 player and want to take part in a fun flashmob, come on down to our first mp3 experiment! Basically you download a secret mp3 to your player, show up and everyone presses Play at the same time.  So everyone is getting instructions at the same time, so you learn about the flashmob as you go.

Thanks to everyone who came out for our first mp3 experiment!  It was a rousing success!  Pictures and videos will be online soon!

We’ve modeled this off of Improv Everywhere’s mp3 Experiments, but have come up with a pretty crazy script for our first outing – should be a blast!  If you want to participate, bookmark this page because it will have everything you need to know:

Mp3 Experiment Details

As with all our events, participation is mandatory!  We are already covered for photographs and videos, so only show up if you’re going to play along with the group.

When: Saturday, December 12th, 2:00pm – watch for the sign to start!

Where: 7th Street, west of Mill Ave in Tempe, right next to the giant Christmas tree.

What to Do: Show up at the location with the mp3 on your player and press play at exactly 2:00pm! Do NOT listen to the mp3 in advance!

RSVP: You can RSVP on our Facebook event if you so desire, but all you’re required to do is show up!

What to Bring: Your mp3 player & Headphones.

What to Wear: If your birthday is between January and June, wear a blue shirt.  If your birthday is between July and December, wear a red shirt.

How to get the mp3

The mp3 is listed below!

If you have iTunes: Subscribe to our Podcast

To download mp3 manually: Download mp3 file

That should cover it, but if we missed anything ask away!

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Join us for the mp3 Experiment flashmob on Dec 12th

The mp3 and all the final details on where to go and what to do can be found on this post!