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 Knoxville, creating a cacophony of bells, voices, and reverberant joy that will make heads turn on every corner.
The meeting location is in downtown Knoxville at the corner of S Gay Street and W Summit Hill Dr (Cradle of Country Music Park).
This is a free, family/ kid friendly event, open to everyone! No musical skills are required to participate.
Please fill out the form on our website to participate: https://www.niefnorf.org/2019-21/2019/12/6/phil-klines-unsilent-night-in-knoxville-2021
Join our Facebook event: https://fb.me/e/2JZoxHkv0
Meet us for Happy Hour from 5:00pm-6:30pm for drinks and good company. Location TBD- check back at our website for more details!