For the past three years, Phil Kline's Unsilent Night has happened in the streets of Hudson. This year, the event, which has very urban roots, will take place in a very different setting: Art Omi Sculpture & Architecture Park in Ghent.
In an article by Tom Stephens that appeared in Chronogram, Art Omi communications director, Jessica Puglisi, speaks of the new setting: "Every iteration of Unsilent Night is molded by the specific route and acoustic conditions therein. In a city, buildings, people, and traffic work their way into the composition, shaping the sound and experience. Because most presentations of Unsilent Night happen in a city or town, Art Omi is an unusual setting for Unsilent Night. Instead of predominantly man-made acoustic architecture, we anticipate a quieter, more subtle landscape--maybe some skittering on the forest floor, or crunching of frosty ground underfoot, or perhaps some distant animal or bird calls. Participants will get to listen closely to this subtle, atmospheric piece."
The event takes place on Saturday, December 21. Participants should plan to arrive with their mobile devices and external speakers no later than 5:30 p.m., wearing warm clothes and winter footwear. Click here for information on how to download the soundtrack to your device. A selection of Kline's own boomboxes will be available to borrow on a first come, first served basis. Art Omi invites people to being headlamps if they have them. For those unable to attend but wish to hear this year's presentation, the event will be broadcast on WGXC 90.7 FM or online at WGXC.org.
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