Midtown Un-silent night

Published on December 13th, 2015 | by Fox 40 News

Un-silent Night: Christmas Carolers bring new sound to Midtown with smartphones

SACRAMENTO –Around 100 Christmas carolers took to the streets of Midtown Sacramento with a new type of holiday music. But none of them were singing.

It’s an event called Un-silent Night, which uses people’s smart phones and Bluetooth speakers to spread a musical composition.

“I don’t even know how to describe it — it’s like a sound cloud. It’s nothing you’ll ever hear of before or have heard before, but it’s beautiful none the less,” said Erin Palmer, who organized the event. “It’s four tracks which people can download on their phones or stream from an app. And we get together in the park and the 4 tracks create a composition.”

The music is by New York composer Phil Kline, which Palmer said has been played every season for the past 23-years all over the world. That is exactly how she first heard it.

“I used to live in Philadelphia, and when I was there one day — I was just a witness — I was on the street, and it just passed me by, and I was like, ‘What the heck was that?'” Palmer said, adding before smart phones, participants used boomboxes.

Palmer told FOX40 she hopes to continue Un-silent Night next year.


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KTXL, virtual channel and UHF digital channel 40, is a Fox–affiliated television station located in Sacramento, California, United States. The station is owned by the Tribune Broadcasting subsidiary of the Tribune Media Company. KTXL maintains studio facilities located on Fruitridge Road on the southern side of Sacramento, and its transmitter is located near Walnut Grove.

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