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Unsilent Night

Updated on September 19, 2014
Holiday paraders
Holiday paraders | Source

An Interactive Holiday Experience

If you'd like something that is fun for the whole family, is a winter celebration but not religious and doesn't involve buying anything, then UNSILENT NIGHT may be just the thing for you this holiday season!

If you like music, like to get outside, like to meet people and can stand some walking around, you'll have a blast! The composer created pieces if music which are quite lovely when heard on their own, but the intention behind Unsilent Night is to stage a parade where the music is played out of dozens (or hundreds) of speakers at once to create a stunning, spectral audio landscape that celebrates the season.

Part performance and part performance art, Unsilent Night events offer a chance for people to gather for the holiday season and create a one-of-a-kind experience for themselves and everyone else regardless of however they interpret the holidays. It's unique, fun and you can take the whole family.

The music in downloadable format

Unsilent Night
Unsilent Night

If you have multiple MP3 players, or invite over a few friends, you could recreate the overlapping audio effect of Unsilent Night for your holiday party.

Tiny strings of holiday lights are perfect to wear for this event.
Tiny strings of holiday lights are perfect to wear for this event. | Source

Getting Ready for UNSILENT NIGHT

how to prepare for your musical parade

  • Be ready for your local weather. It might be wet or dry. It's often cold. Bundle up well. You'll be walking slowly so make sure you have shoes that will keep your feet both warm and dry, and which offer good traction for walking on wet or icy surfaces.
  • Bring the device of your choosing to play the music on. Part of the event ethos is that anyone who needs a copy of the music will be given one, so check with your local organizers about getting a cassette tape, a CD or MP3 tracks, whichever you need. If you can, you might volunteer to make copies of music for others.
  • Wear something festive. Totally the right occasion for an Ugly Holiday Sweater or that reindeer antler hat. Some bright colors are fun since this event takes place in the dark. Things that reflect or which light up can add to safety as well as being fun.
  • Bring a thermos or travel mug full of your favorite warm beverage. Having your own container is cheaper and makes less trash, plus it will help keep you toasty for the hour-plus event.

Any Portable Music Option Works

Although originally designed to be copied onto a cassette tape and played on a carried "boom box," any portable music player option works for taking part in Unsilent Night. Obviously, the bigger your external speakers are the better it will sound. However many participants find that having the music on their phones in MP3 form works just fine. And yes, there's an app for that...

The Unsilent Night App

Phil Kline's Unsilent Night
Phil Kline's Unsilent Night

The app not only allows you to play the music, it helps you find local events too.

Battery tea lights inside translucent balloons are an awesome holiday touch.
Battery tea lights inside translucent balloons are an awesome holiday touch. | Source


How to have more fun with UNSILENT NIGHT

Don't be late! It can be hard to figure out where the parade went if you they take off without you.

Bring a friend or two along. If not, don't be afraid to introduce yourself to others you meet at the parade. The most interesting people turn out for an event like this to see what it is like or what happens. Just like you did! I met one of my own neighbors at an Unsilent Night, a woman I'd lived just blocks away from for five years but never encountered... And now we're friends!

For a REALLY cool audio experience: at some point during the parade, walk faster and get yourself ahead of the parade. Turn down the music playing device you are carrying so that it doesn't dominate the sound. Then let the entire crowd walk past you and allow the unique sonic composition to wash over you. What you just heard was singular in that moment and no other person will ever hear the composition the way it just sounded to you right then.

Bring a camera especially if it does video. Showing what Unsilent Night is like is the easiest way to explain to other people what you were doing that night.

See (and Hear) Some Parades - moments of Unsilent NIght filmed live

How Was Your Unsilent Night?

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      Darcie French 5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      Sounds like a night to celebrate indeed :D

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Unsilent Night sounds like new fun to be had and I especially would enjoy going ahead of the group, getting quiet and letting the unique sonic composition wash over me....I might do that again and again! Congratulations on being chosen for the December Silly Celebrations Monster Board!