Friday, December 3, 2010

Phil Kline: Unsilent Night: 2010

Phil Kline's Unsilent Night, a wonderful participatory moving sound sculpture, will take place in more than 20 cities around the world this December, adding for the first time Hong Kong, Oxford, UK and Charleston, WV.

Cities include: Asheville, Baltimore, Boulder, Charleston (SC), Charleston (WV), Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Missoula, Montreal, New Haven, New York City, Oxford (UK), Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, Traverse City, and Vancouver.

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

This free, outdoor sonic event consists of many individual parts, recorded on cassettes, CDs, and MP3s, and played through a roving swarm of boomboxes and pod-docks carried through city streets every December. People bring their own diverse playback devices and drift peacefully through a moving surround-sound environment which is different from every listener's perspective. Some have even brought their laptops hooked up to large speakers mounted on a wagon.

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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.”

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."

FYI: The only surround sound recording of Phil's spatial music is his Around the World in a Daze DVD, described by The New Yorker as "an audio-visual feast that balances hipster zen with the seriousness of Bach and Wagner."

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