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'Unsilent Night' returns to OCC Dec. 15; any portable music devices welcome

This is a scene from the snowy Unsilent Night in New York City in 2013.
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Dec. 5, 2018
       An encore for a unique group endeavor using recorded Christmas music will be Saturday, Dec. 15, at 6 p.m. in Old Colorado City's Bancroft Park.
       Called “Unsilent Night,” the event uses a 45-minute composition by a New York composer named Phil Kline, which is played simultaneously by any people who want to join in, carrying their own portable sound systems.
       There is no charge to take part. OCC was first used for "Unsilent" in 2013.
       The musical tracks from the Kline composition will be provided, explained organizer Mark Jakusovszky. Various device formats are welcome, including cassette, CD, MP3 and smartphones.
       The plan is for everyone given tracks to hit “play” on their devices simultaneously in Bancroft, then stroll through the historic shopping district and return to Bancroft near the end of the musical 45 minutes.
       Since 1992, the event has spread to nearly 50 cities, including a few in foreign countries, according to the Unsilent website.
       The composition uses mainly bells, which helps overcome synchronization issues, Jakusovszky said. The more participants, the better it sounds, he said. “There are acoustics and echoes, and the whole thing becomes very absorbing.”

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