Friday, December 14, 2007

Holiday Boombox Parade Saturday, 7 p.m.

From a friend's email:

is a holiday season boombox sidewalk parade featuring the music of Phil Kline, a New York composer who created the outdoor ambient music piece for an INFINITE number of boombox/tape players.

The parade (started in 1992 in Washington Square) is like a Christmas caroling party except you don’t sing, but rather carry boomboxes, each playing a separate tape which is a "voice" in the piece.

In effect, everyone becomes part of a city sidewalk, multi-dimensional stereo sound sculpture! The 43 minute tape/CD is a beautiful shimmering, ringing sound piece.

In 2006, Unsilent Night was presented in New York, Baltimore, Philadelphia, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tucson, Charleston, Milledgeville, Georgia, Banff, Vancouver, the Yukon, Sydney and Melbourne, Australia, Berlin, Germany and Middlesbrough, England (and Asheville, NC!).

You are invited to bring your family and experience this boombox sound sculpture parade in Asheville on December 15th, 2007 at 7:00 pm. starting at Pack Square, walking down the sidewalks to Lexington and then up Hiawassee to Flint, then to Haywood and then back to Pritchard Park and back to Pack Square. It will take roughly an hour to spread an aural fog over the downtown area. It could be quite an evening!

Unsilent Night cassette tapes and/or CDs will be provided free to people with boomboxes who want to participate. For iPod people, here is a link for downloading an MP3 file of Phil's music to play Saturday night.

The Mp3 link:

Select Asheville from the city list and then you can download the Mp3.

Consider bringing your family and joining this grand, silly, beautiful and hopeful performance. This event is not really about Christmas or Hanukkah or any faith tradition, but it is about a larger creative human community and the wonder and weirdness we can create for ourselves.

Phil Kline's website with information about the Unsilent Night event is

For more information and other cities participating in Unsilent Night, visit:

Vance Monument in Pack Square
Saturday, December 15, 2007
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
bring your boombox or music player (or just come listen)
Jim Julien at 335-7708

1 comment:

raindog said...

Was this event cancelled due to the rain on 12/15? If so, does anyone know if it will be rescheduled?