Unsilent Night 2021
5:30 – 7:30 PM
Art Omi welcomes back Phil Kline's Unsilent Night, a participatory electronic soundscape celebrated worldwide every December since 1992. This landmark work of avant-garde public art takes place in more than 130 cities across the United States, Canada, Europe and New Zealand, activating city streets, parks, and landscapes with “a shimmering sound-wall of bells and chimes that is dreamlike to wander through in the December nip” (The Village Voice).
An original composition by Phil Kline, Unsilent Night was written specifically to be heard outdoors in the month of December, always as a free event. It takes the form of a promenade in which the audience becomes the performer, walking a carefully chosen route together. Led by composer Phil Kline, participants will gather at Art Omi's Benenson Center, and then proceed on a route through the park.
Participants are encouraged to bring a mobile phone/media player with external speakers (pre-loaded with the Unsilent Night app or one of the four audio tracks—see unsilentnight.com/participate)—or boombox with functioning tape deck. A selection of Kline's own boomboxes will be available to borrow on a first-come first-served basis.
A live broadcast and webstream of Unsilent Night will be made possible by Wave Farm’s Transmit Partner Program. Tune in from New York's Upper Hudson Valley on WGXC 90.7-FM or from around the globe at wavefarm.org/listen and on the Wave Farm Radio App (iOS).
For additional information, including full participant instructions and downloads, please visit unsilentnight.com/participate.
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