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:
- Register using the form below to participate (it's FREE!)
- 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).
- 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.
- We will walk promptly at 9:15 PM and unfortunately will not be able to include latecomers.
- Please only bring one person per playback device and be sure to register in advance.