Silent parties still exciting - not aggravating

Special to the HeraldFebruary 10, 2014 

College students are notorious for throwing raves and loud parties.

These parties are full of excitement -- except for neighbors. Complaints to police from upset neighbors usually means disaster for any party.

Now there is a solution to this problem from Memphis, Tenn.-based Silent Events, a company specializing in turning down the sound while amplifying the fun.

Since 2005, Silent Events has provided headphones for anyone planning a silent disco party. The headphones drown out the typical noise pollution from the party.

Basically, anyone at the party wearing these headphones can hear everything going on. There is no distracting bass or other obnoxious sounds that can be problematic for neighbors.

The specially designed headphones are even worn by band members performing live music, so if someone is at the party without the wireless headphones, they do not hear music.

On the company website for Silent Events, the company claims people enjoy watching the silent party almost as much as actually partying because it is an entirely different experience.

Last December, a Silent event was held at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Other Silent Events functions include wedding receptions, festivals and private parties.

"I think a silent disco would be really beneficial, especially if you live in a place like Florida and have a bunch of elderly neighbors," said Antonio Mata, a junior at Manatee High School.

In addition to purchasing or renting the headphones, a silent disco system can be purchased or rented as well. According to silentevents.com, transmitters send live music from the band playing at the concert to the headphones, and have up to three channels for people to choose from different disc jockeys or bands playing at the same time.

"I think the whole idea of a silent disco is weird because everyone would be dancing to their own beats," said MHS junior Melody Rosario.

By listening to the music through the headphones, people can sing along with their favorite songs such as "Don't Stop Believing" by Journey, or the famous "YMCA" by The Village People.

According to Silent Events, DJ battles are a big part of these events allowing people to switch back and forth between competing DJs and listen to the music they like best. At the end of the function, everyone votes on what music they liked best.

"We take a lot of pride in our hands-on approach and always and always strive to provide our clients with the highest quality Silent Event possible. ... This is what sets us apart from other companies," said Ryan Dowd, founder and director for Silent Events Inc.

Silent Events has been staging rave parties since its first concert in 2008. It now hosts events in 42 states and many people travel to these giant, yet silent gatherings.

Whether these functions are beneficial depends on the person judging it, however, it has definitely captivated college students and other young adults across the United States.

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