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Unsilent Night: Knoxville

  • Knoxville Sunsphere 700 Clinch Avenue Knoxville, TN, 37902 United States (map)

We invite you to join us for Boombox Christmas Caroling with Phil Kline’s Unsilent Night!

Phil Kline's Unsilent Night is a free outdoor participatory sound sculpture of many individual parts, recorded on cassettes, CDs, and mp3s, and played through a roving swarm of boomboxes carried through city streets every December. People bring their own boomboxes and drift peacefully through a cloud of sound which is different from every listener's perspective. Since 1992, this 45-minute work has grown into a worldwide annual communal event that has become an essential part of many winter holiday celebrations.

With your help, we will create this roving sound installation, where boomboxes replace voices in a holiday caroling event like no other! You bring a boombox, cassette tape player, iPod/iPhone/iPad with speakers, or any other media playing device you wish, and nief-norf will supply a CD, cassette tape, or digital download of one of the four parts of the piece. We all press play together, and walk through the streets of downtown Knoxville, creating a cacophony of bells, voices, and reverberant joy that will make heads turn on every corner.

Here's a short video from last year's Unsilent Night in Knoxville:

Want to join us? It's easy:

1. Fill out the form below.

2. Go to to learn more about the piece and download the free App if you want to use an iDevice.

3. Meet us at 9PM at the base (bottom) of the Knoxville Sunsphere. We will get organized, then walk at 9:30 across the bridge and into downtown Knoxville!

4. Join our Facebook event, share it with your friends, and help spread at the word!

Note: The success of the piece very much depends on having quality speakers (either line-connected to your device or battery powered devices). Please do not plan to simply play the audio off of your iPhone / iPad / Laptop speakers. Thanks!

If you have any questions, just email us at

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Earlier Event: November 2
nief-norf Project residency at NIU
Later Event: April 11
nief-norf Project Piano Duos