from The Seattle Times:

Calling out around the world — are you ready for a brand new “Unsilent Night”?

If so, you’ll have your chance in Seattle on Wednesday, the night of the winter solstice, when local experimental-music lovers can take part in a free “worldwide annual communal event” dreamed up by New York composer Phil Kline in 1992.

Here’s how it works: First, go to to download the music of the evening (think: shimmery tintinnabulations). Once you have it on your boombox, MP3 player, iPhone or other sound-making device, go to the Chapel Performance Space at the Good Shepherd Center (4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., fourth floor, Seattle) at 6:30 p.m.

At 7 p.m., participants will stroll through the streets of Wallingford for 45 minutes, surrounded by “a cloud of sound” that will vary according to your place in the procession. Local composer Tom Baker, the moving force behind the Seattle incarnation of “Unsilent Night,” says anyone can join at any time. If you don’t want to provide sound, you can always serve as a “human resonator.”

The performance is followed at 8 p.m. with a “new-music-office-holiday-party,” hosted by the Seattle Composers’ Salon, geared to artists who don’t have an office holiday party of their own to attend.

If you have a boombox to lend or need more information, contact email hidden; JavaScript is required, email hidden; JavaScript is required or email hidden; JavaScript is required. Seattle is just one of 25 cities taking part in this event. To see who else is participating, go to, where you can also sample the music and look at video of “Unsilent Nights” of yesteryear.

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