Nothing takes the chill off a cold winter evening better than a warm cloak of luminous electronic minimalism. Since debuting on the streets of Greenwich Village in 1992, composer Phil Kline’s crowd-performed Unsilent Night has spread to dozens of other cities to become an annual oasis of tranquility amid our seasonal anxieties. To participate, either download parts from the website onto your favorite digital device or manually load a cassette or CD provided by the composer into your dusty boombox. After simultaneous ignition, paraders proceed from Washington Square to Tompkins Square, delighting passersby along the way with the work’s tintinnabulating totality. Part sculpture and part demonstration, Unsilent Night musically affirms the magical bond connecting public space to listening public.
Sat., Dec. 13, 7 p.m., 2014
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on December 10, 2014