Unsilent Night: Knoxville

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:


Simple Directions

  1. Register using the form below to participate (it's FREE!)
  2. Select which type of media you intend to use (so we know if we should bring you a tape, CD, or if you will play off of speakers through your iDevice and the Unsilent Night free app).
  3. Dress for the weather (comfortably) and show up at the Knoxville Sunsphere (upper level near the entrance to the convention center) around 8:45 PM on Saturday December 7th. 
  4. We will walk promptly at 9:15 PM and unfortunately will not be able to include latecomers.
  5. Please only bring one person per playback device and be sure to register in advance.
That's it! Should be a great time. Please email us at contact@niefnorf.org with any questions. The walk will take about an hour, then we will probably go find a frosty beverage somewhere afterwards for anyone who would like to come.

Happy Caroling,


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