Your Unsilent Night

Composer Phil Kline's Annual, Interactive Sonic Sculpture Arrives This Weekend

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Since its debut in 1992, Unsilent Night, Phil Kline's boombox-chorale parade from New York's Washington Square Park to Tompkins Square Park, has become a bona fide holiday tradition. Would-be participants congregate in the evening, rain or shine, carrying their own boomboxes pre-loaded with any of the four individual parts, recorded on cassettes, CDs and MP3s. At the predetermined time, Kline synchronizes the modern day carolers in pressing "play" and so this unique sonic world comes to life.

What began as a few friends carrying cassette-loaded boomboxes has now expanded to include thousands of creative participants all over the United States and internationally, from Oxford, England to Melbourne, Australia. Musically, the piece contains a shimmering wash of amplified chimes and bell tones, which echo off buildings, stop traffic and mesmerize passersby.

Q2 wants your help in capturing this holiday happening, most notably our New York City edition on Saturday, December 18 at 7 p.m., but also all other Unsilent Nights across the globe. Share your photos through flickr, our Facebook wall or below and show just how magically unsilent your city's night was! 

Phil Kline's Unsilent Night Oxford 2010 from OCM and videographer Christopher Baines.


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