Phil Kline’s


Edmonton, Alberta

Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

Hosted by Twila Bakker

We are meeting at the south end of the High Level Bridge (East side).

Our Facebook event is:

Get out your CD, cassette, or mp3 boombox, bundle up, and join us for Phil Kline's 45 minute interactive sound walk in Edmonton.
We will meet at the South End of the High Level Bridge (EAST SIDE). We will walk a loop. Crossing the bridge heading to the Legislature and then back across the bridge finishing near to where we began.


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. 2017 marks the seventh year of Unsilent Night in Edmonton.

Most people consider it loud and joyous. Glittering and mysterious. The average effect seems to be somewhere between pacifying and invigorating. Joe Woodard of The Los Angeles Times describes it as "A dreamy fruitcake of parts, tranquil even through its anarchy." And K. Leander Williams in Time Out New York says “Kline’s luminous, shimmering wash of bell tones is one of the loveliest communal new-music experiences you’ll ever encounter, and it’s never the same twice.” The Onion calls it “an ambient wash of heaven-sent shimmer, recognizable as seasonal mostly for its modulating bells and time-stretched hymnal melodies.”

You do not need to bring a boombox to join in, but it is more fun if you can! For those that like to plan ahead, you can download the audio files ahead of time from to load onto your mp3 player, CD or cassette. We will have extra cassettes, CD's, and boomboxes available. We will also have mp3 speakers for those who bring iPods, smartphones, or other mp3 players. This year, an iPhone app is available, and an Android app is in the works too.
Please RSVP if you do need to borrow equipment, as there is a limited number of each item.
Plan to arrive a few minutes early to get set up.


Edmonton! There are more than 30 other cities doing Unsilent Night with you. Share photos and videos of yours with the rest of the worldwide community.

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