Will you hear what they hear?
’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 email@example.com 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.