Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Phil Kline's Unsilent Night Scheduled for December 2009

Phil Kline's Unsilent Night will take place in more than 25 cities around the world this December, adding for the first time London, Berlin, Denver, and Dallas.

Cities in the USA include: Albuquerque, Asheville, Baltimore, Boulder, Charleston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, East Lansing, Los Angeles, Milledgeville, Missoula, New Haven, New York City, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, and Santa Fe.

Cities outside the USA include: Berlin (Germany), London (UK), Melbourne (Australia), Cambridge (Ontario), Vancouver (BC), and Fredericton (NB).

Details for each city's meeting place and time can be found here.

Unsilent Night is Kline's free outdoor participatory sound sculpture of many individual parts, recorded on cassettes, CD's and mp3's, and played through a roving swarm of boomboxes carried through city streets every December. People bring their own boomboxes and drift peacefully through a moving surround-sound environment which is different from every listener's perspective.

Since its debut in 1992 in New York, Unsilent Night has become a cult holiday tradition, drawing crowds of up to 1,500 participants. It has also grown into a worldwide annual event that has been presented in over 45 cities and on three continents.

The New York Times writes, "Unsilent Night immerses the listener in suspended wonderment, as if time itself had paused inside a string of jingle bells.”

The Village Voice describes Unsilent Night as “a marvelously fluid, traveling spatial sound sculpture that disintegrates and reforms at nearly every stop light.”

Time Out writes, "Kline's luminous, shimmering wash of bell tones is one of the loveliest communal new-music experiences you'll ever encounter, and it's never the same twice."

Participants play the material on boomboxes (both cassettes and CDs), MP3 downloads on pod-docks, and other sound-blasters. People have even brought their laptops hooked up to large speakers mounted on a wagon.

A CD of Unsilent Night is available on Cantaloupe Music.

The only surround sound recording of Phil's spatial music is his Around the World in a Daze DVD, released earlier this year by Starkland.

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