Kid Koala's Space Cadet Headphone Experience

Montreal’s Kid Koala (born Eric San) is no stranger to the international DJ or electronic music community. His scratching has taken him around the world, touring and collaborating with some of the biggest artists on the planet in a myriad of different styles.

San’s most recent release is 2011’s Space Cadet, a departure from his previous output in that it trades heavy drum beats for piano playing and his scratching is more subtle and surreal than it is rave-inducing. It’s also the “soundtrack” to an accompanying graphic novel.

To present the album to fans, Kid Koala is presenting a very atypical concert experience, inviting fans to sprawl out on inflatable pods and listen to the live recreation of the music through wireless headphones – an experience that’s simultaneously isolating and communal, allowing fans to hear every small nuance of his performance.

It’s a cool concept that might not work for everyone (“Livin’ On A Prayer” just wouldn’t be the same), but has some interesting potential in terms of other applications. What do you think?

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Andrew King is the Editor-in-Chief at Professional Sound. He is also a co-host of Canadian Musician Radio and NWC Webinars’ series of free music and entertainment industry webinars.
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