Will you hear what they hear?

Pasatiempo - - Mixed Media -

’Twas a fort­night be­fore Christ­mas, and all through the streets, boom­boxes stood ready, but not for fresh beats. With a click of play but­tons there arose such a sound, when voices and chim­ing and bells did abound. The group of fine rev­el­ers looked such a sight as they filled the town square with their Un­si­lent Night.

This week­end, Santa Fe New Mu­sic wel­comes Phil Kline’s Un­si­lent Night— a free out­door au­di­ence-par­tic­i­pa­tory am­bi­ent sound sculp­ture — back to Santa Fe for its sec­ond lo­cal run. A blis­ter­ing cold evening last De­cem­ber found only about 30 peo­ple car­ry­ing boom boxes that played Kline’s com­po­si­tion through­out the down­town area. Some on­look­ers (shop­pers, ac­tu­ally) were obliv­i­ous; oth­ers were en­chanted.

If you want to ac­tively par­tic­i­pate or sim­ply join in the pro­ces­sion dur­ing this free, fam­ily-friendly event, come to the Ge­or­gia O’Ke­effe Mu­seum Ed­u­ca­tion An­nex (123 Grant Ave.) at 2:30 p.m. on Satur­day, Dec. 12. Bring an op­er­a­ble cas­sette or CD boom­box (and ex­tra bat­ter­ies) or a por­ta­ble mp3 player with speak­ers; if pos­si­ble, e-mail SFNM at info@sfnm.org in ad­vance to let them know what you’ll be bring­ing. Copies of the ap­prox­i­mately 45-minute-long com­po­si­tion will be loaned to par­tic­i­pants af­ter Kennedy ex­plains the work and the pro­ces­sion. If you visit un­si­lent­night.com/down­load you can down­load the com­po­si­tion for free and trans­fer it to a disc or your mp3 player. Par­tic­i­pants are in­vited to re­turn to the an­nex af­ter the event for hot bev­er­ages and hol­i­day snacky-snacks. For in­for­ma­tion, call SFNM at 474-6601.

Phil Kline

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