For The Mp3 Experiment San Francisco, around 400 people downloaded the same mp3, pressed play at the same time, and had a blast together on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in Mission Dolores Park. We partnered with Yahoo! to transform The Mp3 Experiment into a full-on North American tour; we started with the New York event, and then made stops in Toronto, San Francisco, and Chicago. You can see a highlight video of the entire tour here.
Below is the mission report for the San Francisco event. Enjoy!
After synchronizing their watches and downloading the mp3 from our website, at exactly 2:00 PM, everyone pressed play together. Of all the stops on the tour, San Francisco had the most non-participants in the park, which made it all the more fun. While The Mp3 Experiment is primarily about those participating having fun with each other, it’s always a nice bonus to confuse the hell out of people who happen upon it. At least one of those people chose to jump in and participate anyway. Even though he didn’t have headphones he followed along with the crowd anyway and was luckily wearing red.
Guy who joined in spontaneously
A group of picnickers found themselves in the middle of the experiment
Walking in a straight line
A guy gives a high five to some folks who were shooting a film in the park. They took a break from their film and started shooting us. Sorry we interrupted you guys!
A dog is mobbed with hugs!
“Human Twister” was next: “Left Hand Red Head!”
The Red/Yellow army
One guy had an inflatable parrot as his weapon
The battle begins!
After the battle was over, participants relaxed on the ground as Steve’s half-brother Mark led them through some ridiculous meditation exercises.
Girl: Everyone pick up balloon pieces!
Guy: (rolling eyes) Yeah, it’s San Francisco!
Second Girl: Yeah, it’s the Earth.
Folks lingered and enjoyed the rest of the gorgeous day in the park. Our first trip to San Francisco was a total blast and we hope we can come back again soon!
Thanks again to Yahoo! for embracing our mission and making this tour possible. Be sure to see our reports on the other three cities:
You can download some of the songs from The Mp3 Experiment on Agent Walker’s MySpace page.
Check out first hand reports from participants and links to their own flickr sets and blog posts on Recap Page. Add your own report if you were there.
We have also toured The Mp3 Experiment around the world to places like Berlin, Germany and Adelaide, Australia. If you’re part of an organization (festival, university, arts group) that is interested in commissioning an Mp3 Experiment, get in touch via our contact form.