Unsilent Night

Friday, December 01, 2017
9:00pm - 10:30pm
Knoxville Sunsphere (map)

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

Listen to WUOT's radio interview with Andrew Bliss about Unsilent Night Knoxville.

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 Unsilent Night in Knoxville in 2013:

Want to join us? It's easy:

1. Fill out the form below.

2. Go to http://unsilentnight.com/participate.html to learn more about the piece and download the free App if you want to use an iDevice.

3. Meet us at Casual Pint from 6:30-8:30pm for drinks and good company. All Unsilent Night participants will enjoy $1 off all pints!

4. Following libations, we will meet 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!

5. Join our Facebook event, share it with your friends, and help spread 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 contact@niefnorf.org!

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