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Crowd Lights. The new Glowstick?

Posted 3 years ago by tmwsiy - 30 comments Link: http://phi.sh/b/4dece96c

Sitting in the midst of the vast sprawl of an outdoor amphitheater during an encore when thousands of like minded fans held Zippos or Bics in the air was an indelible image that became ingrained in many concert goers minds in days gone by. Later, glowstick wars became one of those incredible visual memories seeing all the wild fluorescents fly through the air in orchestrated syncopation.

Now, developer and Phish fan, M@ - aka Matt Sheppard, thinks it is the time for smartphones to take over with an iPhone & Android app called Crowd Lights.

Inspired by both the Harry Hood glowstick war at The Great Went and seeing a plethora of phone screens visible at the Manchester show last fall, M@ got hard at work creating an “audience based light show”. All the phones running the app become part of a synchronized display based upon your location within the venue. Yet despite the complexity of the code, for the end user the instructions are quite simple:

  1. Download app
  2. Use

A brief YouTube video shows a demonstration of the app in action. M@ is optimistic to get the word out about the app and have the first large scale test during Phishs’ Mansfield, MA show. Although Matt hoped to ring in the New year by trialing the app during the New Year run at MSG, Apple’s approval process proved too lengthy. He will be in Mansfield passing out cards pre-show encouraging downloads. Although the app already has a couple thousand downloads: the more, the merrier. Rest assured: The app is free, there are no advertisements, no data is collected during use, and no one will be injured in a massive Crowd Lights war. So check it out and encourage your friends to do the same: iPhone/iPod Link, Android Market Link

Let’s make Tuesday something to remember. Download Crowd Lights. Use on Tuesday night in Mansfield. How will you know when to use Crowd Lights? You’ll know. Just like a glow stick war. See you at the show!

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zappafrank1 Reply
Links are broken....
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tmwsiy Phish.net Staff Reply
tmwsiy fixing up now, sorry zappafrank1, will be fixed momentarily
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StCarl Reply
Umm... uhh...
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RunawayJim Reply
RunawayJim Just installed it. I'll try it, but it requires more thought than tossing glow sticks.
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RunawayJim Reply
RunawayJim One problem with the app... it doesn't have a setting for amphitheater.
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tmwsiy Phish.net Staff Reply
tmwsiy @RunawayJim said:
One problem with the app... it doesn't have a setting for amphitheater.
According to @M, "Theater" is the best option for Great Woods.
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FunkyCFunkyDo Reply
FunkyCFunkyDo Glowsticks > Lighters > Cell Phone Apps (those are 'greater than' signs, btw, not crunchy segues)
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mgouker Reply
mgouker Great idea!
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the_mole Reply
the_mole I like this concept! Now I just need the Droid/iPhone part...
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zappafrank1 Reply
"Posted by the_mole on 06/06/2011 01:10 pm
I like this concept! Now I just need the Droid/iPhone part..."

Ha. Someday, Phan.

I'm still desperately waiting for the LIVEPHISH ANDROID APP!
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ledzepmaster Reply
ledzepmaster My phone can't dl apps... lol
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ThinMan Reply
argh...another reason for fans to pull out a minature screen at a show.
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fall96josh Reply
I'm with ThinMan...free yourself from the technology for a few hours.
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curleyfrei Reply
curleyfrei I groaned at first, but this could be really cool if it actually worked the way the video shows.
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finch460 Reply
finch460 Note to self: Do not throw smartphone during Harry Hood! =)

Cool app though. Seems like a cool idea, but glowsticks and lighters are just SO much easier (and cheaper!) for the average phan to come by.
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FunkyCFunkyDo Reply
FunkyCFunkyDo @finch460 said:
Note to self: Do not throw smartphone during Harry Hood! =)

Cool app though. Seems like a cool idea, but glowsticks and lighters are just SO much easier (and cheaper!) for the average phan to come by.
Hahahahahahaha! END DISCUSSION!
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snownymph Reply
I like the amount of waste this app could reduce, I always think about that during Glowstick wars...so much to clean up!!!
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Onlymike Reply
Onlymike I know it's a huge buzzkill, but one glowstick war makes quite a bit of plastic to throw away. I really like this idea.
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RobesPierre Reply
that's just what 3.0 fans need... something else to distract them from the music.

please put down your phones and try listening for at least a few songs.
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RobesPierre Reply
"everyone will be able to enjoy the synchronized patterns"

umm... i thought i was there to enjoy phish?

this idea kinda disgusts me... its cool, but its an idea for an art gallery, not a phish show.
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moephish Reply
Anyone have a link to see app in action.
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achalsey Reply
As a new taper, I appreciate anything that will cut down on glowsticks flying everywhere, but as a fan of music in general this sounds really stupid. dumb ass app ≠ CK5. Put your phones away you're at a concert.
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achalsey Reply
I guess phish.net blog doesn't recognize firefox special characters. I meant: app 'does not equal' CK5. And just to reiterate; you're at a show, unless you're actually worried about emergency calls coming in, why is your phone even on?
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benevolution Reply
benevolution yes, please let this catch on... i want to see phans so twisted and confused they end up throwing their smart phones around
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agree499 Reply
I'm a little surprised that nobody else has suggested that there might be a way that control of this little app might somehow be given to CK5. That's what I want to see; the whole crowd part of the light show. I agree that the way it is now cell phones are a huge distraction at shows. I just don't think we're going to get people to turn them off or leave them home if they can't even stop talking on them when they're driving. So, maybe if they're using this app they're at least participating, instead of distracting the people behind them trying to shoot uwatchably shaky video.
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forbin1 Reply
forbin1 All you crazy kids with your iphones and dvds...when was the last time you picked up a fuc***g book???
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Harryhoody Reply
Update: Glowsticks > Lighters > Cell Phone Apps > Lit Sparklers

@FunkyCFunkyDo said:
Glowsticks > Lighters > Cell Phone Apps (those are 'greater than' signs, btw, not crunchy segues)
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lizardkind Reply
This is the stoopidist app I've ever seen. Plus the difference between venues is frequency if 10 random lights?? I'll bring 200 glow sticks to superball and I hope to hit at least one persons phone doing this app.
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