For our latest mission, over 4,000 people pressed play simultaneously and listened to an mp4 file filled with ridiculous instructions. Participants were instructed to pack a bag with LED lights, reflective vests, and glow sticks and to sit underneath the trees surrounding Prospect Park’s Long Meadow at sunset. The event was a surprise to everyone else in the park. This was all part of our twelfth annual Mp3 Experiment event. The year’s event marked the first time we used an .mp4 file, which included a colorful video component.
Enjoy the video above first, and then go behind the scenes with our photos below. The Mp3 Experiment Twelve was produced in partnership with the Prospect Park Alliance as part of the BEAT Festival. Thanks to our partners!
For our latest mission, pedestrians in a busy New York crosswalk begin ballroom dancing one by one as they “accidentally” bump into their partners. This project took place on the crosswalk in front of Penn Station on 7th Avenue, one of the busiest spots in the city. We staged the mission several times, with the performance repeating at each change of the light and always finishing before the “Don’t Walk” countdown clock reached zero.
For our latest mission, professional ballet performers pose as break dancers in New York’s Washington Square Park. The men hype up their tumbling routine to a gathered crowd before realizing they brought the “wrong music.” The crowd is surprised as they slowly realize the performer’s hidden talents.
For our latest mission, we staged a series of surprises at the porta potty area of the Governors Ball music festival in New York. When random concertgoers opened our “magical” porta potty, they were surprised by a ridiculous number of performers streaming out of the door.
Enjoy the video first and then go behind the scenes with our mission report and photos.
As always, all of today’s music was created by our composer Tyler Walker. Check out his site to download free songs from today’s event. The Mp3 Experiment Twelve was produced in partnership with the Prospect Park Alliance as part of the BEAT Festival. Thanks to our partners!
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Here’s the video from last year:
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Improv Everywhere is a New York City-based prank collective that causes scenes of chaos and joy in public places. Created in August of 2001 by Charlie Todd, Improv Everywhere has executed over 100 missions involving tens of thousands of undercover agents.