Saturday, December 5, 2009

Unsilent Night in Boulder Dec. 11

Phil Kline's Unsilent Night will again take place in Boulder:

Friday, December 11, 2009
7:30pm - 8:30pm
Starts at the corner of Pearl and 13th Streets

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.

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Unsilent Night, Boulder, CO 2007  (Photo: Tom Steenland)

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.

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.”

Boulder is also the hometown of the Starkland label, which earlier this year released the only surround sound recording of Phil's spatial music, his Around the World in a Daze DVD.

Also, a stereo CD of Unsilent Night is available on Cantaloupe Music.

More info is here.

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