Mp3 Experiment Miami University

Please note: this event has been postponed due to weather!

Please note: this event has been postponed due to weather!

Here are the full details for The Mp3 Experiment taking place on Friday, September 9 at Miami University. Please take the time to read all of the instructions on this page.

Date: TBA
Location: Central Quad on Miami University Campus
Time: The event will begin at exactly 9:00 PM. Arrive early!
Wear: Dress normally so you can blend in. No costumes.
Bring: A bag (purse, backpack, messenger bag, shopping bag, etc.) that has the following items inside:
a flash light (not a smart phone, but an actual flash light)
Something that lights up bright (A colorful LED item for example. No laser pointers.)
A glow stick ring (the soft bendable kind that can be made into circles) These can be picked up on Central Quad at the Late Night Table before the event!

Full instructions below:


1. Download the audio file:

iTunes Podcast Link (Best method for iPhones)
The track is available as a podcast in the iTunes store, and you can download it free to your iOS device using the built-in podcast app. Be sure to download the one that says “Miami University.” If you use a podcast app that has a “smart speed” option, please disable it so you stay in sync.

DIRECT DOWNLOAD LINK (Android phones, saving to your desktop/laptop)
(Right click and save the link. If you just click on the link it will start playing in your browser. Spoilers!)
Note: The filename for the track is “mp3_experiment_night.mp3″ and the album and artist name will be “The Mp3 Experiment.”

2. Load the track onto your mp3 player (smart phone, etc.)

3. Do not listen to the track.

4. Bring the items listed above in a bag or backpack (flashlight, glow stick ring, something that lights up)

5. Make sure your phone clock or your watch is synced to atomic time.

6. As 9:00 approaches, blend in with the area naturally as if nothing is up, and stand or sit anywhere on the Central Quad.

7. At exactly 9:00:00 PM, press play.

Frequently Asked Questions

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How will we know when to start?

You will have synchronized your watch or cell phone clock to atomic time. Press play at exactly 9:00 PM. If you have are having trouble figuring this out, press play with a friend.

Should I listen to the track beforehand?


Can I listen to the track beforehand?

You really shouldn’t. Sure, there’s nothing we can do to stop you, but to really get the full experience of the event, you shouldn’t listen to it. It will spoil most of the fun. We know it’s hard to resist. Be strong.

What if I get to the event late?

Press play at the start time wherever you may be, and hurry up! Obviously be safe and don’t rush when crossing streets, etc.

What if I don’t press play at exactly the right time?

If you can tell you are significantly off, feel free to glance at a neighbor’s device and try to sync back up to the correct time. You’ll have more fun if you’re more in sync.

Do I need to RSVP?

No, but please invite friends and share this page with them!