Matt Brownlie is organizing a Houston performance of composer Phil Kline's Unsilent Night and he needs YOU to participate. No musical training is necessary to be a part of this outdoor roving sound sculpture. The performance will take place December 23rd from 7:30 to 8:30 pm at a location in Montrose to be announced.
All you need to be a part of this event is a boom box that plays either mp3s, CDs, and/or cassettes (and warm clothes for an evening walk through Montrose). Each participant is provided with a CD or cassette containing a portion of Phil Kline's electronic score. On a cue, the entire group will hit 'play' and begin the walk. The resulting sound of several boom boxes in motion simultaneously playing various segments of this electronic work is surprisingly peaceful and beautiful. Kline describes the sound as a "block-long stereo image" that's different each time it's performed.
Unsilent Night was first performed in New York's Greenwich Village in 1992 and has since been performed all over the world. Individuals, museums, and arts organizations - including Houston's own contemporary music ensemble Musiqa - have presented Unsilent Night to coincide with winter holiday celebrations.
To rock the bells with Brownlie and company, log on to Facebook and visit the Unsilent Night invite page.
Below, Phil Kline talks about Unsilent Night: