Every year since 1992, artist Phil Kline has presented UNSILENT NIGHT, an outdoor ambient music piece for an infinite number of boomboxes. Itâ€™s like a Christmas caroling party except that people donâ€™t sing, but rather carry the music, each person playing a separate track that is a â€œvoiceâ€ in the piece. In effect, they become a city-block-long sound system.
The more tracks that are played, the bigger and more amazing the sound is. In recent years, UNSILENT NIGHTs in New York and San Francisco have attracted crowds of over a thousand people, with hundreds of boomboxesâ€¦ itâ€™s spectacular. If youâ€™d like to participate, just check the schedule in your city. If youâ€™d like to participate but donâ€™t have a boombox or a music player with speakers, you can just show up and join the parade. Everyone is an important part of the procession.