Watch and listen to this video and it’s likely you will be uplifted, transported and challenged by the melding sounds. They come from hundreds of boom boxes each one of which is playing one of 4 tracks and the sound you hear is basically a moving sound sculpture as the boombox holding crowd walks slowly through Manhattan.
This playing of Phil Kine’s ‘Unsilent Night’ composition has happened every year in early December since 1992 and the number of people who take part grows bigger every year. Now there are also identical events right across the world and also around the world.
It is probably the premier electronic music event ever held made special by being a performance which each person can freely join. There is no money involved just a commitment to contribute to the final outcome. It is a joint creation with the crowd making music which is unearthly but strangely comforting at the same time.
If you live in NYC or you’re visiting it is a unique New York experience. This year it will take place on December 12th and everyone will assemble in Washington Square Park at 6.45pm and then set off at 7.00pm, making music as they walk. Bring your own boom box or electronic device for amplifying music.