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Rak Razam:


Celebrating the Chinese Year of the Monkey Thursday Jan 22nd, the are initiating a new experiment in party culture that YOU are invited to! Riding the wave of recent global 'Flash Mob' gatherings we are putting on a special type of 'Flash Mob PARTY' that will last only 3 songs, in the central CBD of Melbourne, 7:00pm, Thurs Jan 22nd. The location will be revealed by email notice or by checking our website:

Using special FM technology we will broadcast the music on a local frequency only partygoers will know - so you MUST bring a device with a radio function and headphones - as this is a 'SILENT DANCING' party!!! Numbers are limited, so please sign up by emailing and read the information enclosed to be a part of the fun and mischief of the Year of the Monkey!!!

99 monkeys can share an idea - but when the 100th monkey tunes in a critical consciousness is achieved that tips the scales for all. This critical mass for change depends on YOU!

Is a new type of party using micromitter FM radio technology to unite small, wired communities within broadcast range on a common wavelength. Party goers tune in to the FM transmission with a portable radio and headphones - and no sound is heard by those outside the Network. Range varies but noise pollution problems are solved, and the party can camoflague itself silently across any urban cityscape.

A Smart Mob is any group called together through the use of technology - whether that be the mobile, sms, email or any of the rapidly proliferating new media. You may be in a distributed group mobilizing in the flesh, or people that have no connection except the
attraction of gathering for a set duration. FLASH MOBS have the added structure of being timed events, taking over space with Art, seizing the moment and then quickly dispersing.

Hakim Bey coined the term Temporary Autonomous Zone or TAZ to describe the reclaiming of space and time by communities from the mainstream Spectacle. Unplug from the illusion and create your own reality now!

The radio frequency, location, time and other details will be advised in your invitation email. The vibe is fun - bring out your inner you and Join others on the same freakuency!

YOU could be the 100th Monkey! Send your email address to:
to be invited to the next party or check out
on Jan 22nd! All details strictly confidential / we do not pass on your data.



19:00 - 22.1.04

To celebrate the Chinese Year of the Monkey Jan 22nd, the Barrelfull of Monkeys pioneered a new experiment in party culture taking the concept of the 'Flash Mob' and transmuting it into less of a mob and more of a 'SILENT DANCING' party.

It was a warm early evening a few hours before sunset as the monkeys gathered in the heart of the CBD. As people in suits and frowns streamed by we met in the open lawns of the State Library under the watchful eye of security and passerby alike, trams and trains opposite unloading their human cargo whilst we monkeyed on. The guiding rule with Flash Parties is if you're late - it's over. This was a beta-test of our 'Silent Dancing' portable FM transmitter and equipment and to see if the dynamics of outdoor bush parties could be replicated on a smaller scale in environments already occupied by other cultures by eliminating external sound. 'SILENT DANCING' we call it - autonomous, roaming short range pyrate radio. Details had been announced on our website just after midnight Dec 22 and over two dozen people responded for a successful Flash Party, armed with their portable radio receivers and headphones.

As each participant approached and gingerly asked about 100th monkey, we brought them into the group mind and let them in on the FM frequency, specially chosen to broadcast most effectively in the city's FM bandwith. A 'buddying' system organically developed as one monkey tuned into the test signal and shared headphones to help tune in the new monkey to the network, going round the circle and switching > ON, one by one until everyone was linked.

Our musical mix was concocted by DJ Dakini and burnt to CD, played on the CD player and broadcast by our micromitter FM transmitter approximately 45 metres. The mix was three songs and went approx. 23 minutes and allowed for a steady building of the party vibe in microcosm. The crowd was really getting into the music, doofing around and digging the nu technology and the passersby were also smiling and staring, taking photos and getting into watching the monkeys dancing! That SILENT DANCING was making those monkeys go bananas!!! Every time a headphone would randomly fall out during dancing the music would seem like it had stopped; plug the headphone back in and the music started again. This sounds bleedingly obvious, but the effect on consciousness was marked and fun to repeat in staccotto off and on pulses of tuning into the 100th monkey frequency! Dancing outside the broadcast range allowed other channels to cut in like samples on the music mix. One or two people had trouble tuning into a microfrequency on autodial FM receivers that scan major channels only, but everyone who could get the channel received the broadcast in strong, audible stereo FM.

SILENT DANCING is an idea many people have said they've had over the years but none have tried in this Flash Party format. With cheap, modern technology the applications are revolutionary. It is an idea whose time has come.

We have the teknowledgy. We have the numbers. We liberated the space in front of the State Library for our time; we danced and monkeyed on, and like all Flash events, we left the space soon after as we found it, untouched. The group mind transmitted through the frequency as the monkeys locked on to the wavelength. Congratulations! You are all the 100th Monkey!

Rak Razam

Thanks to Rak.

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