"Imagine hundreds of people in a procession through the streets, all carrying boomboxes, with something slightly different coming from each one, all meshing into one giant, organic, ambient soundscape. It’s sort of hard to imagine, actually, but that’s the idea behind composer Phil Kline’s 21st-century symphony, Unsilent Night. Since its debut in 1992 in Manhattan, Kline has been taking the experimental music venture on the road each yeah during the winter holiday season. Kline leads the crowd on the hour-long auditory trek around the city, like some kind of aural amoeba. Each participant hears a different piece from his or her position, as do people on the outside of the procession. The sound of distant choirs of Christmas bells and spacey synths feels a bit “out there,” on its own. But when it comes together in such a multilayered, fluid manner, it verges on gorgeous." - pw
Ran into this on Monday in Rittenhouse. Pretty cool. Everyone just walks around with boomboxes playing a piece of the music.