Unsilent Night

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"Unsilent Night" is a song by Phil Kline.

Kline began writing "Unsilent Night" in the winter of 1992, when he had an idea for the combination of artwork combined with holiday caroling. Kline composed a four-track electronic piece that was 45 minutes long,[1] the length of one side of a cassette tape. The composition was split into four parts. The result was that of a mobile sound sculpture, which provides a different listening experience from every listener's perspective.[citation needed]

Unsilent Night has changed with the times, and is available as a CD or MP3. While technological advances allow the piece to now be played through a multitude of devices, Kline originally designed the piece to incorporate the unreliability, playback delay, and quavering tones of cassette tapes. "Today most people use digital audio players, so I make the audio available in that format as well—but there's something about the twinkling, hallucinatory effect of a warbling cassette tape that I enjoy," he says.[citation needed]

Unsilent Night is performed throughout the United States[2][3][4][5] and internationally.[6]

The 20th anniversary fell in 2011. The focus of the 20th anniversary was to bring the event back to the boombox origin in New York City.[7]


  1. ^ "Unsilent Night". Time Out New York. Retrieved 2018-05-30.
  2. ^ "Wilmington residents carol the streets in 'Unsilent Night'". delawareonline. Retrieved 2018-06-27.
  3. ^ "Unsilent Night | Central Michigan University". www.cmich.edu. Retrieved 2018-06-27.
  4. ^ "Unsilent Night 2017: Knoxville". nief-norf. Retrieved 2018-06-27.
  5. ^ "Unsilent Night for Boom Boxes Returns to Philadelphia and New York | Playbill". Playbill. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  6. ^ "Your Unsilent Night | WQXR | New York's Classical Music Radio Station". WQXR. Retrieved 2018-06-27.
  7. ^ "Unsilent Night: The Village's Boombox Parade Kicks it Old School for the 20th Year". MetroFocus. 2011-12-13. Retrieved 2018-07-25.

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